The ministry publishes a data collection template; Cooperatives urged to join
Moving with a sense of urgency, the Department of Cooperation released a draft data collection template for cooperatives across the states to fill in their contact information in a fixed format. The draft database has two components: static and dynamic.
The dynamic elements of the database (financial details) must be updated annually at the end of the financial year. The Ministry may ask cooperatives to complete additional data for the two previous years (2019-20 and 2020-21).
The static part of the data can include the identification of the cooperative, its field of activity, details of the board of directors, etc. Services and Drawings and Verification and Submission.
Writing a letter with the model draft, Secretary DK Singh reminded the cooperatives that at present there is no genuine cooperative database available from the Ministry of Cooperation. The Ministry of Cooperation has initiated a process of creating a National Database on Cooperatives.
The objective of the development of the National Cooperative Database is to provide a single point of access to information on cooperatives from different sectors and to develop a process for a better understanding of cooperatives.
The proposed database can function as the main planning tool for central ministries, state governments, cooperative federations, cooperators and sectoral institutions like NABARD, etc. for the cooperative sector.
It is envisaged to facilitate policy-making, improve governance and improve transparency. It can also help the cooperative sector for its better positioning in the business environment.
The proposed database aims to create synergy between line ministries and state governments. The operation and workflow of the database would be such that the system would be made available as a platform and could easily be adopted for various activities over a period of time.
Data archiving can remain voluntary for cooperatives. The platform would be available 24/7 using the Internet in a faster and more secure environment adopting standard open technologies.
Central Ministries, NABARD, State Authorities, National Federations and other stakeholders may have access to the data in accordance with the Government of India Open Data Policy. A quarterly bulletin can be published giving a meaningful overview of the data. A dashboard/analysis of information would be made available to the public.
There will be a dedicated helpline and toll-free number to help cooperatives and federations. The Ministry plans to hold a workshop with the State Registrar of Cooperative Societies (RCS), Cooperative Federations, NCCT, Training Institutes and NABARD for finalizing the sectoral fields of the proposed database.
The ministry can help state governments and co-operative federations organize awareness campaigns on the importance of the proposed national database for policy-making at the local level and encourage them to enter the data required at the co-operative level. -same.
The database can be prepared to help state governments register new cooperatives. The portal can become a national cooperative registration portal. The portal can be linked to the GEM (Government E Market) platform so that cooperatives can sell their products and services on this platform.