Cooperative Sector Can Help Make Positive Change: Narendra Modi at Celebration of Birth Centenary of Laxman Madhav Rao Inamdarji News Desk
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New Delhi, Sept 21: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday addressed the public at the celebration of Birth Centenary of Cooperative Leader Laxman Madhav Rao Inamdarji. Addressing the gathering, the Prime Minister said that it is natural for the cooperative sector to grow and shine in India. Popularly known as “Vakil Saheb”, Lakshman Rao Inamdar, was born in Khatav, a village 130 kms south of Pune on 21st September 1917.

“There are some people about whom discussions happen now and then because of their work and charisma. Then there are people who dedicate their lives for the betterment of the culture and country. One such personality was Vakil Saheb. Many people have not heard about him. He was so focused on Sahkarita that he dedicated his life for the development of India,” PM Modi said.

While informing that he has closely worked with Vakeel Saheb, Modi said that he was a source of inspiration. “I got to know many things about life after he left us. I learned to live a simple life from him,” he said.

“Cooperative movements are not only about systems. There is a spirit that brings people together to do something good,” he added. While claiming that it is natural for the cooperative sector to grow and shine in India, he said there are several sectors where the cooperative sector can help make a positive difference.

Watch the full address here:

The ideology Vakil Saheb perceived for cooperatives led to the formation of “Sahakar Bharati”. Sahakar Bharati the dream project of the late Shri Lakshman Rao Inamdar came into existence on 11 January 1979 in Mumbai (Maharashtra).

The aims and objective set out by Sahakar Bharati:    

  • To enlighten the masses about the benefits of the Co-Operative Movement.
  • To encourage people – at National, State, District, Taluka and Primary levels – to promote, form and run Co-Operatives of various types.
  • To advise and help the existing Co-Operatives to overcome problems and difficulties in their working.
  • To assist Co-Operatives to represent matters relating to promoting forming and their working with the Co-Operative Department, State and Central Governments, R B I and such other Institutions at State and National levels.
  • To encourage, undertake, institute research in various fields, especially related to social, economic and Co-Operative sectors.
  • To provide techno-economic services to individuals, institutions and Co-Operatives.
  • To undertake surveys and studies and assist projects to improve socio-economic Conditions in rural and tribal areas.
  • To open branches for the fulfilment of the objectives of the Sahakar Bharati.
  • To do any other thing to help especially the backwards people and areas to improve their Social and Economic conditions through the Co-Operative Movement.

During the event, two books proposed by NCUI, on Laxman Rao Inamdar and nine important leaders of cooperative movement in India, were released.