Under the leadership of Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, a new ministry of Cooperation was set up on 06th July 2021 with an objective to provide renewed impetus to the growth of Cooperative Sector and realization of vision from Cooperation to Prosperity

Under the leadership of Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, a new ministry of Cooperation was set up on 06th July 2021 with an objective to provide renewed impetus to the growth of Cooperative Sector and realization of vision from Cooperation to Prosperity. Under the dynamic guidance of Union Home and Cooperation Minister Shri Amit Shah, Ministry of Cooperation is working incessantly for development of cooperative sector, in collaboration with all State Governments and other stakeholders.

In this background, a two-day Conference of State Cooperation Ministers was organized by Ministry of Cooperation at Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi on 08-09 September, 2022. On the opening day, the conference began with welcome speech of Minister of State for Cooperation, Shri B. L. Verma and inaugural address by the Union Home & Cooperation Minister Shri Amit Shah.

On day one of the conference yesterday, State Ministers of Cooperation, Lt. Governors of UTs and several senior officials put their thoughts forward on a number of sectors associated with Cooperation.

In the two-day conference, Cooperation Ministers from 21 states and Lt. Governors of 2 UTs, Shri Gyanesh Kumar, Secretary (M/o Cooperation, Government of India), Shri Vijay Kumar, Additional Secretary and Central Registrar of Cooperative Societies, Chief and Addl. Chief Secretaries, Principal Secretariesand the Registrar of Cooperative Societiesof the States/UTsshared their views and suggestions for strengthening the cooperative sector. All States/UTs made presentation and shared their best practices amongst themselves.

Deliberations were held on various important themes including – National Cooperation Policy, National Cooperative Database, New Proposed Schemes of Ministry of Cooperation viz. PACS in every Panchayat, Export of Agro-based and other products, promotion and marketing of Organic Products, expansion of Co-operatives to New Areas. Further, Subjects related to PACS and Model Bye-Laws including PACS Computerization, Action Plan for Revitalization of defunct PACS, Model Bye-Laws of PACS were also discussed along with issues related to Primary Co-operative Societies regarding prioritizing long term financing, Milk Co-operative Societies and Fish Cooperative Societies etc.

NCDC being a leader in cooperative financing informed about the prospects and avenues of lending to the Cooperative sector, with facilitation through its Regional Directorates across States.

Shri Gyanesh Kumar, Secretary, (Ministry of Cooperation, Government of India) highlighted the strength of Cooperative movement in the Country and requested States to adopt the state of art Software alongwith up-to-date hardware under the Project onComputerization of PACS, as approved by the Government of India. Further, to give boost to the export of Cooperatives, the Ministry is facilitating registration of a National LevelCooperative Export House under MSCS Act 2002, that will work in close coordination with Union Ministry of External Affairs and Union Ministry of Commerce to harness the export potential of nearly 30 Crore people associated with the Cooperative movement. The Secretary (Cooperation) also briefed about the Multi-State Cooperative Society being registered for production, procurement, branding and marketing Organic products and Quality Seeds. He further conveyed that Ministry of Cooperation has been taking action to ensure that cooperatives are treated at par with the other economic forms.

The conference concluded with the resolve of all stakeholders to work together for giving impetus to cooperative based economic model in the country to realize the mantra of Sahkar Se Samaridhi.



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Hong Kong – Under Secretary for Education visits “Playtime with Children” Roving Exhibition (with photos)

Under Secretary for Education visits “Playtime with Children” Roving Exhibition (with photos)


     The Under Secretary for Education, Mr Sze Chun-fai, toured the “Playtime with Children” Roving Exhibition held by the Education Bureau (EDB) today (August 21).

     To promote the Positive Parent Campaign, the Roving Exhibition is being held by the EDB from June to August, with a view to enhancing parents’ understanding on how to develop quality time with their children and create happy childhood memories through parent-child play, so as to help children grow happily and healthily. Today’s exhibition was held at Sheung Shui Centre.

     Mr Sze played the “Playtime with Children” board game with the visiting parents and children at the exhibition venue. He said, “Working parents need to cope with family and work commitments, and may not be able to spare time with their children often. That said, it’s crucial for parents to maintain good communication with their children in order to let them feel parents’ love and care. Hence, parents can allocate a specific play time with their children to create space for parent-child communication.” 

     The “Playtime with Children” exhibition panels contain significant content, sharing information with parents on subjects such as “Why to Play” and “How to Play”, as well as introducing various parent-child games. The Roving Exhibition also includes a video gallery and a Light Family photo booth corner. The “Playtime with Children” board game will also be distributed as a souvenir. The last exhibition will be held at the Trend Plaza on August 27 and 28. The activities are open from noon to 6pm. All activities in the venue are free of charge and souvenirs will be given out on a first-come, first-served basis.

     In addition, Mr Sze encouraged parents and children to participate in the video production competition on parent education called “Light Up a Bright Future with Your Child” organised by the EDB. They can use videos to show how to establish a good parent-child relationship and also take the opportunity to share quality time together during the summer holiday. 

     The competition is divided into four groups, namely the Primary Group, the Secondary Group, the Parent-child Group and the Open Group. The Most Liked Award for each group will be selected through public voting in October this year. All those interested in participating in the competition can visit the activity website (www.parent.edu.hk/en/article/video_competition) for application and submission of entries by August 31.

     The Positive Parent Campaign has all along been promoting positive parent education through extensive and diversified channels to foster parents’ positive thinking and the proper ways and attitudes of raising children. The objective is to foster a positive and optimistic mindset among parents in nurturing their children, with a view to helping their children learn effectively and grow happily. For information on the Positive Parent Campaign, please visit the EDB’s Smart Parent Net website (www.parent.edu.hk/en/home).

Projects Under Namami Gange Programme

The Namami Gange Programme (NGP) is dynamic and evolving in nature to address the emerging needs and priorities for rejuvenation of river Ganga & its tributaries. Under NGP, State level annual action plans are prepared and projects are developed by the States and taken up for implementation after due approval process and efforts are made to complete the projects by their scheduled timelines.

Under NGP, State level annual action plans are prepared and based on that it was targeted that 127 sewerage and Ghat/crematoria projects were to be completed from 2019-20 to 2022-23. Out of the targeted 127 projects 80 projects have been completed till date.

During last three years, 122 projects have been completed resulting in creation / rehabilitation of 1068 MLD STP capacity, laying of 1580 km of sewerage network, development/rehabilitation of 82 ghats & 20 crematoria, river front development at Patna, e-flow notification etc.

Funds are being provided to the Ganga bank State Forest Departments of Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand and West Bengal for afforestation works along the river Ganga based on APOs (Annual Plan of Operation) submitted by States. Till date, 30,071 hectares area has been covered with plantation under the Namami Gange programme.

Government of India releases funds to National Mission for Clean Ganga (NMCG), which is the empowered nodal agency for implementation of Namami Gange program nationwide. NMCG releases funds to State Governments /State Missions for Clean Ganga/CPSUSs/ Other Executing Agencies.

Amounts released/expended by NMCG to various agencies, compiled State-wise, during the said period are given at Annexure-I.

NMCG has taken up scientific research/studies towards rejuvenation of river Ganga. Some of important studies are given below:-

  1. Special and non putrefying of properties of river Ganga by CSIR-NEERI.
  2. Generation of High Resolution DEM and GIS ready Database for part of River Ganga for NMCG- ( By Survey of India).

  1. GIS based mapping of microbial diversity across the Ganges for ecosystem service by CSIR- NEERI.

  1. Rapid Assessment of Sand Mining and its impact on the Ganga river using Drone Technology by IIT-Kanpur .
  2. Pilot TADOX technology in textile sector by TERI.

Government of India has launched Namami Gange Programme, an integrated umbrella programme, aimed to ensure effective abatement of pollution and conservation of river Ganga and its tributaries by adopting a river basin approach. Under Namami Gange comprehensive set of interventions in the areas of wastewater treatment, solid waste management, river front management (ghats and crematoria development), e-flow, afforestation, biodiversity conservation and Public Participation etc. are being taken up for the rejuvenation of river Ganga.

Further, for aquatic biodiversity conservation, 7 projects at an estimated cost of

Rs.162.79 crore have been taken up under Namami Gange. These projects aim at Planning and management for aquatic species conservation and maintenance of ecosystem services in the Ganga river basin.

More than 56 lakhs of fish seed have been released in river Ganga for conservation and restoration of IMC & Mahseer. 930 number of turtles have been released in Ganga River apart from supporting the conservation & breeding of freshwater turtles & Gharial at Kukrail, Lucknow. In addition, four (4) rescue and rehabilitation centres for aquatic species have been established.

This information was given by the Minister of State, Shri Bishweswar Tudu in a written reply in Lok Sabha today.


Amounts released/expended by NMCG to various agencies, compiled State-wise


F.Y. 2017-18

F.Y. 2018-19

F.Y. 2019-20

F.Y. 2020-21

F.Y. 2021-22









Uttar Pradesh





















West Bengal







Madhya Pradesh















Himachal Pradesh




Other basin wide interventions, including NMCG’s operational expenses







Grand Total







Note: Amount released/ expended by NMCG in a particular year includes unspent balance carried forward from previous years.



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Eight Under Indoor Virtual Golf Leagues Bring Fresh Weeknight Entertainment to Las Colinas

 Eight Under, an innovative new indoor golf simulator venue located in Las Colinas Plaza shopping center, announced earlier this month the launch of its new weekly indoor virtual golf leagues.

Each week, teams in Eight Under leagues play on world-famous courses found in the TrackMan Golf library of virtual courses. Indoor golf leagues at Eight Under are currently on Monday and Tuesday nights each week, but Eight Under anticipates adding additional leagues each weeknight.

“Eight Under leagues are perfect for anyone in DFW looking for an exciting weeknight activity with family and friends,” said Mike Bury, founder and CEO of Eight Under. “Leagues are a great excuse to get out and do something fun on a night when you’d normally be at home.”

Handicaps apply to each player’s score, so any golfer can compete in an Eight Under league regardless of skill level. In addition to playing in different formats and on a different virtual course each week, players compete to win prizes in each league depending on their finishing position at the end of the season. Players in the upcoming “Melbourne” Virtual League, named for founder Mike Bury’s Australian roots, can play for a chance to win a round for four at the Texas Rangers Golf Club and free entry into the next Eight Under league.

“Eight Under leagues are social at their core, but we’re hoping big prizes will bring even bigger competitive spirits,” said Weston Berkovsky, Director of Marketing at Eight Under. “The social aspect of leagues means even if you’re not in it to win it all, you can still have a great time.”

Thanks to Eight Under’s BYOB policy, players can also bring their own alcoholic beverages and even have food delivered while playing in an Eight Under league. Eight Under members also receive a 20% discount on any league registration fees.

The next Eight Under indoor virtual golf league begins May 16 and is a 2-player team league played on Mondays or Tuesday nights depending on team preference. Interested players can find full information and register as an individual or team at EightUnderGolf.com/Leagues.

Eight Under is Dallas/Fort Worth’s revolutionary new indoor golf venue. Utilizing innovative technology, players at Eight Under can practice and play like never before. Whether you’re here for meaningful and effective practice, world-class instruction, or to play world-renowned courses with friends, Eight Under is the new premium golf experience in Las Colinas. Learn more, book a simulator, or become an Eight Under member at EightUnderGolf.com.

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Criteria Under ODOP

The Central Government has initiated the One District One Product (ODOP) in different States/UTs of the country. ODOP is seen as a transformational step towards realizing the true potential of a district, fuelling economic growth, generating employment and rural entrepreneurship, taking us to the goal of Aatmanirbhar Bharat.  ODOP initiative is operationally merged with ‘Districts as Export Hub’ (DEH) initiative of the DGFT, Department of Commerce, with the Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT) as a major stakeholder.

Under the DEH initiative, products and services with export potential have been identified in all district of the country on the basis of consultation with the States/UTs and other stakeholders in the district. The list of identified products and services is regularly updated on the basis of inputs received from States/UTs.

The data with respect to employment generation and investments attracted by the districts under ODOP initiative is not maintained centrally.

Under Districts as Export Hubs initiative, Institutional mechanisms in the form of State Export Promotion Committees (SEPCs) and District Export Promotion Committees (DEPCs) have been constituted in all the 36 States/UTs to provide support for export promotion and address the bottlenecks for export growth in the districts.

Districts Export Action Plans focus on identification of products and services for overseas markets, which include specific actions required to support local exporters/manufacturers in producing/manufacturing identified products in adequate quantity and with the requisite quality, for reaching potential buyers outside India, identifying and addressing challenges for exports of the such identified products/services, improving supply chains, market accessibility and handholding for increasing exports.

Districts Export Action Plans also design the strategies to promote export of the identified products and services in the districts. The plans include specific actions required to support local exporters/manufacturers in producing/manufacturing identified products in adequate quantity and with the requisite quality, for reaching potential buyers outside India. The plans also focus on the interventions required to provide ecosystem for innovation/ use of technology at the district level to make them export competitive. These plans also include identifying and addressing challenges for exports of such identified products/services, improving supply chains, market accessibility and handholding for increasing exports.

This information was given by the Minister of State in the Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Shri Som Parkash, in a written reply in the Rajya Sabha today.



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