Co-Operative Movement in India
The Co-operative Movement in India has passed through various ups and downs. It may be said to have begun with the passing of the Co-operative Societies Act of 1904. A landmark in the history of the movement was the announcement by the Government of India of a National Co-operative Policy in 2002 alongwith some legislative reforms by enacting the new Multistate Co-operative Societies Act, 2002. The Government also set up a Task Force in 2002 to recommend measures for strengthening the co-operative movement. However, an expert appointed by the ICA Regional Office in India had in a report in 2004 stated that progress in the implementation of the National Co-operative Policy 2002 by the Government of India had been very slow. The reasons for this slide needed to be studied. The author, a veteran sociologist and economist has done this and dealt with almost all aspects of the co-operative movement in the country during its historical development and evolution. This is a revised edition of his excellent study first published in 1994. Apart from a brilliant introduction to the growth of the co-operative movement, the major subjects studied by the author are: CO-operation in Agriculture Sector, Cooperation in Non-Agriculture Sector, Co-operative Administration, Education and Training, concluding with a vision of the future perspective. Every detail of these aspects has been given comprehensively in different chapters facilitating a study of any specific facet of the co-operative movement. This authoritative book contains almost all one might like to know about the co-operative movement by an expert who has devoted a long period of time to study the subject. A must for all collections on cooperatives and related issues.
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