There are differences between TV Network and news portal. For example, News portals could be interactive in a manner TV or Newspaper could barely imagine.
We at Indian Cooperative.com, have decided to use this means of interaction to find out the opinions of our readers on issues facing the cooperative sector in the country.
In the effort to be truly interactive Indian Cooperative.com has begun the exercise by asking questions in Surveys and announcing their results to the readers. We did a poll on whether Nafed should be taken over by the government or not. The results were interesting.
Majority of people surveyed favour the governmental take-over of Nafed- the agri-cooperative which was the pride of the Cooperative Movement.
A whopping 66 percent of the respondents felt that the cooperative structure of the giant agricultural federation has not been fair to its members and it should be controlled by the government.
But a good 34 percent of the respondents oppose the governmental interference and still repose their trust in the existing model for the agri-cooperative.
The difference between 66% and 34% percent is substantial but not as substantial as 90% vs 10%. It means a good many people still show confidence in the cooperative leadership despite the open loot indulged in by some board members in collusion with officials of Nafed.
It bears recall the court of Central registrar had issued recovery orders to many of the then board members and officials including the son and wife of late Ajit Singh during whose Chairmanship the loot took place.
The matter is pending in the court of Additional Secretary, Ministry of agriculture where majority of the accused have appealed against the Central registrar order.
Indian cooperative has gathered that majority of the people named by the Central Registrar were not aware of the blatant loot being indulged in by a few. The leaders are generally careless towards the Board meetings and put their signatures in their good faith and without applying their minds.
The Nafed episode is a wake–up call for those cooperative leaders who are suffering today not because of their involvement in the wrongdoings but because of their carelessness.