PANAJI: With an aim of entrepreneurship development through co-operative sector and to link it to the tourism industry, the state government with the help of stalwarts from the sector will formulate draft Goa State Co-Operative Policy, first time in the state.
The policy will also emphasise on employment generation for highly-qualified youth in the state, women empowerment, to create platform to credit societies and other financial institutes under digital India with focus on safety and security to public money.
The draft policy is being prepared, but it will be finalised after incorporating various suggestions that will come from activists and leaders from co-operative sector during the one-day Co-operative Summit to be held on December 20 at Peddem-Mapusa, Minister for Co-operation Mahadev Naik said on Friday.
The leader from the co-operative sector Prabhakar Vernekar, who is also the chairman of reception committee of the summit, said that the policy is an attempt to revive co-operative movement in the state as it will be a blueprint for the development of the sector for next 10 years.
Naik informed that there are over 4000 societies registered with the state government including self-help groups, among which 3095 are consumers and credits societies, emphasising that the government is focusing on generating employment in the banking, credits and consumer societies.
According to Vernekar, nothing new has happened in co-operative sector in the last 20 years. He said that out of 15 lakh people in the state, 11 lakh are registered with co-operative societies.
“If we linked the tourism industry with co-operative sector, plenty of employment opportunities can be created for Goan youth, besides fodder cultivation to increase the milk production in the state and the areas to work for Goan IT and other professional,” he noted.
The policy will also focus on women empowerment by creating universal markets for Goan recipes and other food items, which are being prepared by Goan women through various SHGs and other societies, Vernekar said, adding revival of co-operative sector in Goa is a need of hour as it needs to be made economically viable.
Meanwhile, over 4,000 activists of co-operative sector from the state will be attending the one-day co-operative summit, which will be held on December 20 at Peddem-Mapusa indoor stadium. Union Minister for Agriculture Radha Mohan Singh, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar, Union Minister for AYUSH Shripad Naik, Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar, Deputy Chief Minister Francis D’Souza, Co-operation Minister Mahadev Naik, South Goa MP Narendra Savaikar and others will be present for the event.