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Babila Rakwal reviews formation of PACS as FPOs in J&K

JAMMU, FEBRUARY 23: Secretary Cooperative, Babila Rakwal, today chaired a meeting of senior officers to review the status of “Formation of PACS as FPOs” at civil Secretariat, Jammu.

The Secretary was briefed about the scheme and the target fixed by the Government of India for formation of FPOs under Central Sector Scheme, i.e Formation and Promotion of FPOs, where under one FPO in a single block has to be formed initially.

It was also informed that the PACS selected by the Selection Committee in a particular block will then establish FPO Cooperative from their members under Central Sector Scheme.

The meeting also discussed other issues pertaining to formation of FPO’s at block level.

The Secretary informed that 10 FPOs have been registered so far in the district Baramulla, Kulgam, Jammu and Kishtwar. It was also informed that 9 PACS have been identified as FPOs at district Rajouri, Baramulla, Kulgam, Kathua and Udhampur.

The Secretary directed the Deputy Registrars Cooperative Societies to expedite the process of formation of 50 FPOs for completion and cover all the uncovered blocks in a time bound manner. She also directed them to register the FPOs under both the Co-operative Acts (Registration of Cooperative Societies Act 1989 and Self Reliant Act 1999) as per the feasibility of members available, however, the number of FPOs should mandatorily be 100 members.

The Secretary directed the Deputy Registrars and other concerned officers to maximize membership of women in FPO formation, as the role of women in delivering the services is quite remarkable, as the central government’s mandate is that at least 30 percent of the expenditure should be on women farmers.

Deputy Registrars of both the divisions apprised the Secretary of various aspects and issues being faced by them while forming FPOs in their respective districts.

Among others, Director Finance, Co-opeartives, Additional Secretary, Co-operatives, ARCS Jammu/Kashmir besides other officers and officers of Co-operative and other allied departments attended the meeting in person and through video conferencing.