Prime Minister Narendra Modi today gave a clarion call for kick-starting new cooperative movements in the country and said steps should be taken to identify new sectors and also involve women.
Paying rich tributes to his mentor Laksh Madhav Rao Inamdar, popularly known as Vakil Saheb and who is credited with inducting the Prime Minister into the RSS, Modi said, hitherto unexplored areas like Neem leaves collection and coating in Urea, bee-keeping and seaweed farming should be taken up. "Vakil Saheb pushed for real cooperative spirit," he said. “The procurement and sale methodologies adopted by farmers may be reversed. Now, a farmer buys in retail and sells in wholesale (quantity)....Can this be reversed,” the Prime Minister wondered and maintained that true success of the cooperative movement ought to be attributed to the fact that here the farmers evolved unique buying or procurement process.