State to abolish Odisha Self-help Co-operative Society Act

Bhubaneswar: For better regulation of the activities of credit co-operative societies operating in Odisha, the state Cabinet on Tuesday approved a proposal to abolish the Odisha Self-help Co-operative Society Act 2001 and bring all the self help groups (SHGs) under the purview of the Odisha Co-operative Society Act 1962, which had been amended in conformity with the 97th ammendment of the Constitution.

The cabinet meeting under the chairmanship of Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik decided to repeal the Orissa Self-help Co-operative Society Act 2001 and include 1,634 SHGs under the Odisha Co-operative Society Act 1962, said B K Patnaik, Chief Secretary while talking to media.

"Such societies are given three months time to change their by-laws and other provisions within three months. Otherwise, the Registrar of Cooperation will take over them (societies not changing bylaws) and make suitable changes within two months," Patnaik said.

Similarly, the Cabinet approved a proposal for amendment in Orissa Public Demand Recovery Act, 1962 to facilitate subsidy to special category people like tribals, dalits, socially and economically backward classes and unemployed youths.

Sources said 10 proposals got the approval of the state Cabinet.
Among other decisions, salary of the members of the Odisha Consumer Dispute Redressal Commission has been revised from Rs 12,500 to Rs 20,000. The salaries of president and member of District Forum have been increased to Rs 15,000 and Rs 12,000, respectively.

The state government has also decided that it would provide 252cft shala wood for building boats for the Chandan Yatra.

The cabinet also approved setting up of a Semen Station by National Dairy Development Board at Kathapal in Mayurbhanj district for which  the state government will provide 134.8 acres of land for 99 years on lease.

Meanwhile, due to absence of Revenue minister and Revenue Secretary, the Odisha Prevention of land Encroachment (Amendment) Act 1972 could not be discussed in the Cabinet meeting.