A separate ‘Ministry of Co-operation’ has been created by PM Narendra Modi-led Central Government for realizing the vision of ‘Sahkar se Samriddhi’, reported news agency ANI. This ministry will provide separate administrative, legal and policy framework for strengthening cooperative movement in the country, it added.
The ‘Ministry of Co-operation’ will work to streamline processes for 'ease of doing business' for cooperatives, news agency PTI quoted government sources as saying. The creation of a separate also fulfills the budget announcement made by Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, it added.
The creation of the new ministry comes a day before the Union Cabinet expansion.
According to an NDTV report, Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Cabinet reshuffle will take place tomorrow at 6 pm. After the reshuffle, the Union Cabinet will become the youngest ever in the country's history and emphasis has been laid on bringing highly qualified people with PhDs, MBAs, post-graduates, technocrats, top government sources told NDTV.
Besides, in a bid to give representation to smaller and dispossessed communities, over two dozen OBCs (Other Backward Class) will be inducted. According to an India Today report, there will be 25 OBC ministers in the central government after the expansion. There will also be a record representation of the Dalit community, sources told India Today. Moreover, the women representation will also go up, it added.