Particulars of Organization, Functions & Duties
[Section-4 (1) (b) (i)]
Aims & Objectives of the Organization:
The Department of Cooperation and its field formations have been organized with the main objective of strengthening the Cooperative Movement in our Country and to ensure better income generation of the members constituting Cooperative Societies, using their common wealth through group efforts. Providing forward and backward linkage for all sorts of income generating activities of farmers, artisans, traders etc. is the goal of the Cooperatives.
The Department looks forward towards Rural Development including Rural Credit and Rural Indebtedness along with Cooperative Marketing through Co-operative Societies.
History & Background of Its Establishment:
The Cooperation Department came in to being in the year 1991 after being bifurcated from the erstwhile Agriculture and Cooperation Department vide General Administration Department Resolution No. 270-RB dated 02.01.1991.
The Department of Cooperation has four Directorates. The Cooperative Directorate headed by the registrar of Cooperative Societies (RCS) administers through 47 Circles each headed by an Assistant R.C.S. under 13 Divisions covering erstwhile undivided districts, each Division headed by a Deputy R.C.S. The Cooperative Audit Directorate is headed by the Auditor General of Cooperative Societies (AGCS) with 16 Audit Circles each headed by an Assistant A.G.C.S. The Directorate of Agricultural Markets (DAM) is headed by the Director of Agricultural Markets with six Marketing Regions each headed by a Regional Marketing Officer (RMO). The only Cooperative Tribunal has the status of a Directorate. The Department has under its administrative control the only PSU namely Odisha State Warehousing Corporation (OSWC) constituted by a Central Act and a single statutory Board namely Odisha State Agricultural Marketing Board (OSAMB) constituted under the Odisha Agricultural Produce Marketing Act, 1956. The Minister, in-charge of Cooperation is the Chairman of the said Board and the Director of Agricultural Markets is the Member Secretary (C.E.O) of the Board.
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