Modi govt creates new Ministry of Cooperation ahead of cabinet reshuffle

A minister responsible for the new portfolio could be named on Wednesday.

The Narendra Modi government has created a new ministry of cooperation to strengthen the cooperative movement in the country, it said in an official statement on Tuesday. Amid high excitement over a massive cabinet reshuffle expected on Wednesday, the statement released by the Cabinet Secretariat said the new ministry was created to realize the vision of “sahkar se samriddhi” (working together for prosperity). Calling it a “historic move,” the government said the ministry would create a separate administrative, legal and political framework to strengthen the cooperative movement in the country.

A minister responsible for the new portfolio could be named on Wednesday. The official statement said the ministry will help deepen the cooperatives as a real people-based movement that reaches to the grassroots. “In our country, a cooperative-based economic development model in which every member works responsibly is very relevant,” said the government. The ministry will work to streamline the “doing business” processes for cooperatives and enable the development of multi-state cooperatives (MSCS), it said.

The Union government has signaled its deep commitment to a community-based development partnership, the statement said. The creation of a separate ministry for cooperation also fulfills the budget announcement of the finance minister, it said.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will likely reshuffle his Council of Ministers on Wednesday since he took the indictment for a second term, which he believes will be a “major shock” to the government over political and governance challenges to make it more representative. BJP leaders Sarbananda Sonowal, Jyotiraditya Scindia and Narayan Rane, all seen as likely ministers for the Modi government, arrived in the capital on Tuesday.

In another clue to the upcoming cabinet reshuffle, Minister of Social Justice and Empowerment Thaawarchand Gehlot was appointed governor of Karnataka, leading to another vacancy for the minister. JD (U) leaders RCP Singh and Pashupati Kumar Paras of the LJP, both expected to represent the BJP’s allies in the government, also reached Delhi from Bihar. They all remained closed to questions about their ability to join the government.

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