GUWAHATI, Jan 4 � The coordination committee of the Guwahati Mahkuma Gaon Panchayat Samabay Samity Limited on Tuesday alleged that rampant corruption in the system has pushed the cooperative societies almost to the point of annihilation. The committee demanding of the State government for the necessary action to revive the cooperative societies said that these societies were the backbone of rural economy.
�We insist on the government reviving the cooperative societies as per the recommendations of the Baidyanathan Committee,� said the coordination committee, adding that steps should also be taken to address the loopholes in the public distribution system.
On the other hand, the coordination committee pointed out that the allotment to the cooperative societies based on the 1999 census has deprived many people in the villages of the benefits of the public distribution system.
�The government should ensure allotment based on the latest population figures of the State,� said the coordination committee calling upon the government to make it mandatory on the part of the Food Corporation of India (FCI) to properly measure the allotment of rice, sugar, etc., marked for the cooperative societies.
�The FCI compels the societies to take items without measurement for which the societies incur heavy loss,� alleged the coordination
The coordination committee also mentioned that the government should adopt a pragmatic policy to revive the cooperative societies at the earliest possible opportunity.