National Cooperative Database

Union Home Minister and Cooperation Minister Amit Shah inaugurated the National Cooperative Database and released the ‘National Cooperative Database 2023: A Report’ in New Delhi on March 8, 2024.

The launch marks a significant milestone in the expansion and strengthening of the cooperative sector since India’s independence. The database aims to provide a comprehensive platform for mapping and analyzing cooperative societies across the country, facilitating their growth and development.

Importance of the National Cooperative Database

The initiative is felt important in guiding the development of the cooperative sector. It is believed that the database would help identify and address gaps through comprehensive analysis, acting as a compass for the sector’s growth. The data base will play a major role in connecting primary agricultural credit societies (PACS) to apex bodies, villages to cities, mandis to global markets, and state databases to international databases, thereby promoting the expansion of cooperatives.

Phases of Database Development

The National Cooperative Database was developed in three phases:
1. Phase 1: Mapping of approximately 2.64 lakh societies in the Primary Agricultural Credit Societies, Dairy, and Fisheries sectors.
2. Phase 2: Data collection and mapping from various national and state-level cooperative organizations, including federations, banks, sugar mills, and multi-state cooperative societies.
3. Phase 3: Data mapping of the remaining 8 lakh primary cooperative societies in other sectors.

The database revealed that there are more than 8 lakh registered cooperative societies in the country, with over 30 crore citizens connected to them.

Computerization and Technological Advancements in cooperative system

It is stated that the entire cooperative system, from PACS to apex bodies, has been computerized to enhance efficiency. The National Cooperative Database, built using state-of-the-art technology and featuring a dynamic web-based platform, will make all information about registered cooperative societies available at the click of a button.

Data Governance and Development

The Cooperation Minister emphasized the importance of data governance, proactive governance, and anticipatory governance in the current era. He noted that the synergy of these three elements leads to the establishment of a new development model. The authenticity and regular updates of the data in the National Cooperative Database are ensured through a comprehensive scientific system, with the Ministry of Cooperation ensuring that only verified data is uploaded.


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