THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan has said modernisation in the Cooperative Department would help check corruption in the department. Inaugurating the integrated cooperative modernisation programme and training centre for Cooperative Department employees here at the Sahakarana Bhavan, Pinarayi said the software developed as part of the modernisation programme would help bring in more transparency in the proceedings. It will also make the election proceedings related to the primary cooperatives easier.He said it would help the registration formalities of cooperative societies and fund distribution and check the undesired trends in the elections to cooperative societies.
He, however, said “this would create problems for conservative officials who do not want modernisation to take place in the department. But such officials could be properly trained to cross over the difficulties.”
He said the government’s aim is to prepare a unified software for all primary cooperative societies.The Chief Minister said despite the efforts from certain sections to weaken the cooperative sector, with the massive support of the people the cooperative sector could cross over the crisis. The Chief Minister said there would be no place for corrupt officers in the department.
“It is a reality certain undesired trends still prevail in some of the cooperative institutions. Some institutions are formed for just indulging in corruption. Despite the fact that such corrupt dealings are detected by officials of the department, in many cases it has to be noted that some officers failed to detect the same at the initial stage itself,” he said.He also said more auditors would be appointed to avoid the delay in completing the auditing.Cooperation Minister Kadakampally Surendran presided over the meeting. Registrar of Cooperative S Lalithambika presented the report.