राष्ट्रीय सहकारी विकास निगम
NATIONAL COOPERATIVE DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION
Agriculture cooperatives have been playing a significant role in stepping up the growth of agriculture production in the country through supply of farm inputs and other technical services to the farmers. Cooperatives also provide post-harvest services for procurement, grading, processing, storage and marketing of farmers’ surplus produce. These cooperatives are rendering an equally useful service by maintaining the supply line and distribution of consumer articles including essential commodities in rural areas.
To undertake these functions effectively, cooperatives require adequate captive storage capacity of their own at the village, mandi and rail head centres. To meet this requirement, The National Cooperative Development Corporation (NCDC) has been assisting primary cooperative societies working at the village levels. Besides, the Corporation has also been assisting cooperative marketing societies functioning at the mandi, district, regional, state and national levels for construction of godowns of their own to create storage facility, to expand the existing capacity and also for renovation/upgradation of rural godowns under the Central Sector and Corporation Sponsored Scheme. The Govt. of India in the year 2002 approved to provide Credit Linked Subsidy for construction/renovation/expansion of rural godowns during the period of 10th Five Year Plan i.e. from 2002-2007. Under the Scheme the construction of rural godowns can be taken up by cooperative societies in addition to other eligible entrepreneurs.
2.CONSTRUCTION/RENOVATION/EXPANSION OF GODOWNS
Under the Corporation Sponsored and Centrally Sponsored Schemes, primary societies are generally assisted for construction of rural godowns of 50 tons and 100 tons capacity and Marketing cooperatives in the range of 250 tons to 5000 tons capacity and in special cases, assistance is also provided for large sized godowns of 10000 tons capacity and above depending upon the potential.
For developing primary cooperatives into growth centres at the village level, NCDC assists for construction of an office room, a shop for sale of consumer articles and a residence for the Secretary or Manager wherever required with the rural godown. The Corporation also encourages primary cooperatives to prepare business development plans to expand their non-credit business and for fuller utilisation of godowns.
Under the Capital Investment Subsidy Scheme (Gramin Bhandaran Yojana), the assistance is provided for construction/renovation/expansion of rural godowns with a minimum capacity of 50 tons without any ceiling but subsidy is available for maximum capacity of 10000 tons & limited to Rs.37.50 lakhs, based on normative costs.
3. ASSISTANCE PROVIDED BY NCDC UPTO 31.3.2006:
The Corporation, since its inception in 1962-63, has been making systematic and sustained efforts to assist in the creation of scientific storage facilities at various levels in cooperative sectors. As a result of concerted efforts, the storage capacity assisted by the Corporation and owned by cooperatives has increased from about 11 lakhs tonnes in 1962-63 to 145.77 lakhs tonnes comprising of 56168 rural and 9718 marketing godown by the end of March, 2006. A total amount of Rs.64192.200 lakhs has been provided by the Corporation under its various storage programmes towards construction/renovation/expansion of godowns.
4. GOVT. OF INDIA SCHEMES FOR COOPERATIVE STORAGE
(a) Gramin Bhandaran Yojana, a Capital Investment Subsidy Scheme for Construction/Renovation/Expansion of Rural Godowns, introduced by Govt. of India, Ministry of Agriculture & Cooperation, Directorate of Marketing & Inspection. The NCDC is one of the implementing agency to provide funds to the cooperative societies.. Under the scheme 25% subsidy ( other than NE States, Hilly area, SC/ST cooperatives) and 33.33% subsidy for NE States, Hilly area and SC/ST Cooperatives are available. The required term loan is funded by Corporation from its own resources. This scheme is excepted to be closed by 31.3.2007.
Besides Gramin Bhandaran Yojana, NCDC is also providing financial assistance under Central Sector Scheme having provision of 20% subsidy in Cooperatively under developed states/UTs & 25% subsidy in cooperatively least developed states/UTs
5. ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA AND PROCEDURE INVOLVED ;
For financing through State Govt.
The eligible societies will have to apply to the Registrar of Cooperative Societies (RCS) for godown assistance. The prescribed application formats are available at the offices of the State Cooperative Departments and Regional Offices of NCDC. Based on the recommendation received from the State Govt, NCDC approves the programme and sanctions assistance for construction/repair/renovation of godowns.
For financing under direct funding
The societies in operation for minimum three years without any erosion of paid up share capital with cash profit in last three years of which net profit is in two years and are in a position to provide minimum 1.5 times security are eligible for availing financial assistance directly. The proposal in the prescribed proforma has to be submitted to the regional offices of NCDC.
Other eligibility criteria
i. Society should be democratically elected.
ii. Audit should be up to date
iii Repayment performance to DCB should be more than 50%.
iv. The society should own their land.
Category of Cooperatives eligible for assistance:
Primary agricultural cooperative societies (PACS)
Large sized agricultural multi-purpose cooperative societies (LAMPS)
Farmers’ service societies (FSS)
General purpose and commodity marketing cooperatives functioning at mandi, district, regional, state and national levels.
Other cooperatives engaged in procurement, grading, processing and marketing of agricultural and minor forest produce and distribution of agricultural inputs to the farmers, functioning at different levels
Wholesale cooperative consumer stores and state cooperative consumer federations, which have been selected and assisted as lead societies under NCDC’s Rural Consumer Scheme.
1. Application should be in prescribed Proforma.
2. Audited financial statement for the last three year should be enclosed.
3. Resolution of the Board should be enclosed.
4. Project Report should be submitted along with plan and estimates.