Robust supply chain enabled Co-ops to thrive during the pandemic: Gangwar

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Amid the disruptions and volatile circumstances pushed forth by the COVID pandemic, co-operative enterprises have been able to prove their mettle during the pandemic even as key sectors like the Manufacturing halt came to a halt during the lockdowns, expressed Santosh Gangwar, Union Minister of State for Labour and Employment Generation , while underlining the resilience of this mode of doing business during the valedictory function of 67th All India Cooperative Week organised by NCUI.

Co-op bodies like IFFCO, Amul or Kribhco were successful in keeping their supply-chain mechanism active during lockdowns, thereby proving the worth of the co-op model, praised Mr Gangwar in the NCUI auditorium for the event.

He also highlighted and praised the role of Nafed that has proved its mettle even amid the lockdowns and also provided rations to nearly 20 crore families across states. He also acknowledged IFFCO for launching a massive campaign of COVID awareness by organising meetings and distributing masks and sanitisers.

Mr Gangwar also informed that the Ministry of State for Labour and Employment Generation is coming up with four labour codes by collaborating the 44 labour laws.

Earlier, 10 crore organised labours were considered but the Centre has extended it to 50 crore by adding 40 crore of labours from the unorganised sector. The minister also expressed that cooperatives would be benefitted by the new labour codes being enacted by the government.

N Satya Narayana, Chief Executive, NCUI in his welcome speech highlighted how the cooperative model emerged strong during the COVID crisis and why cooperatives are the best medium to implement government schemes and programs.

Also present in the occasion were GH Amin, Vice President of NCUI, Senior co-operator Dileep Bhai Sanghani, Satish Marathe, Jyotindra Mehta, Uday Joshi, Ashok Dabas and several other co-operators as part of the audience.

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