Co-operatives and Rural Development in India
Edited by: Rais Ahmad
Ever since India's attainment of independence in 1947, alleviation of rural poverty has been one of the primary objectives of the country's planned economic development. The government of India has been striving to improve the economic and social conditions of rural populations through a host of measures, including the creation of productive employment opportunities based on optimal use of local raw materials and skills. It is undertaking interventions aimed at: (a) improving the supply chain, (b) enhancing skills, (c) upgrading technology, and (d) expanding markets and capacity building of the entrepreneurs/artisans and their groups/collectives. Having begun primarily in the field of credit as a defensive mechanism against the usurious money lenders, co-operatives have come to embrace a large gamut of activities to serve the interests of the producers and consumers. Credit, however, still continues to be the predominant activity. Co-operatives are expected to play a major role in the distribution of inputs and services to the farmers on the one hand and in assisting marketing and processing of agricultural produce on the other. This book contains research papers which provide deep insights into the complexities involved in rural development of India and the role which co-operatives can play in this stupendous task.
Publication Date: 2/21/2013