President Pranab Mukherjee will give away awards for cooperative excellence on Saturday.
The National Cooperative Development Corporation has been conferring "NCDC Award for Cooperative Excellence" once every two years since 2002 to the best primary society from each State/UT.
The award consists of Rs.50,000/- as cash prize, trophy and a certificate of citation. In addition, from this year onwards, NCDC has also instituted three national level awards for primary cooperative societies, one each from cooperatively developed States, cooperatively under-developed States and cooperatively least developed States.
The national award consists of Rs.1.00 lakh as cash prize, a trophy and a certificate of citation.
The NCDC is a statutory Corporation set up under an Act of Parliament in 1963 to plan, promote and finance programmes through cooperatives for the production, processing, marketing, storage, export and import of agricultural produce and other notified services.
The NCDC has now completed 50 years of distinguished service to the cooperatives and is celebrating its Golden Jubilee this year. Significantly, this is also the International Year of Cooperatives (IYC) as declared by the United Nations.
This year's recipients of national level awards are Dakhin Rampur Gaon panchayat Samabay Samity ltd., distt. Kamrup, Assam under cooperatively least developed states category; Mulukanoor women's cooperative dairy Vishwandapuri, distt. Karimnagar, Andhra Pradesh under cooperatively under-developed states category; and samarth sahakari sakhar karkhana ltd., Ankushnagar, distt. Jalna, Maharashtra under cooperatively developed states category.
Besides these, 24 other cooperatives from different states of the country are the winners of state level awards. (ANI)