Autonomy of co-operative societies, particularly in health and education sectors, ensures progress of the country, said Governor H R Bhardwaj.
Speaking on the sidelines of the inauguration of the Co-operative Election Commission Office in Shanthinagar on Friday, Bhardwaj stressed on the key role of the co-operative movement since independence.
“Karnataka has many co-operative societies engaged in financing the rural agricultural sector. Empowering them by conducting fair elections regularly is the responsibility of the commission,” he said.
Focusing on the role of government, the Governor said, “It creates an institution for the benefit of the public and hence, the government should not take any step to subdue such institutions”. Not many legislators are willing to part with power and so decentralisation is not realised in its full essence, he noted. “Such a situation will not help the interest and ideals of the co-operatives,” he added.
N C Muniyappa, Co-operative Election Commissioner, who also spoke, said the new office is an encouragement for the staff of the Commission. C R Chikkamath, State Election Commissioner, pointed out that the state has nearly 40,000 co-operative societies. He exhorted Muniyappa to rely on the Constitution to discharge his duties fearlessly.