Amid talks of a cabinet reshuffle at the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). The Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi, has set up a new ministry called the ‘Ministry of Cooperation’. As per the government, the Ministry of Cooperation was formed to achieve the vision of prosperity from co-operation, ‘Sahkar se Samriddhi.’
Another move towards the cabinet shuffle, President Ram Nath Kovind appointed Union Social Justice Minister Thaawarchand Gehlot as the governor of Karnataka. This has been reported as a move towards a cabinet reshuffle as several other ministers were also appointed as governors of states.
The former chief minister of Gujarat – Mangubhai Chhaganbhai Patel, has been presented with the governance of Madhya Pradesh. Hari Babu Kambhampati has been offered the position of governor of Mizoram. The governor of Himachal Pradesh is Rajendra Vishwanath Arlekar.
The appointment of Thaawarchand Gehlot as the governor of Karnataka has left three vacancies, including the Rajya Sabha position, the BJP parliamentary board, and the apex decision-making body. The government will have to find a replacement for Gehlot before the commencement of the Parliament monsoon session on July 9.
CNN-News18 has reported that the ministry of cooperation will be provided with a separate legal, administrative, and policy framework. The ministry will undertake the easy and accessible business for co-operatives and work towards the development of Multi-State Co-operatives (MCS). The Government has focused on developing partnerships and businesses with the introduction of the ministry. The Government has termed the creation of the new ministry as a historic move.
According to the government, the new ministry can help deepen the co-operatives as a people-based grassroots movement. Finance Minister Nirmala Sithraman had said during her Union Budget address that the Narendra Modi-led government is committed to providing support to multi-state cooperatives and streamline the ease of business exchange. The head in charge of the new cooperation ministry created may be announced on Wednesday.
Sahakar Bharati, a non-governmental organization, had pitched the idea of a separate ministry for the cooperatives sector in February.
The founder of Sahakar Bharati – Satish Kashinath Marathe who is also a part-time director at the Reserve Bank of India (RBI), had introduced the idea. After the announcement by the central government, Satish Marathe thanked PM Narendra Modi on his Twitter.
Railway Minister Piyush Goyal also tweeted, stating that the new ministry is a cooperative movement created for people’s development.
This is the second such ministry created after the Modi government came into power for the second time after the 2019 elections. The Narendra Modi government had created the Jal Shakti ministry.
However, the ministry was formed by adjoining already existing ministries of Water Resources, Ganga Rejuvenation, River Development, Sanitation, and Drinking water ministry.
Unlike the Jalshakti ministry, the Ministry of Cooperation has been created entirely new. These ministries pertained to the motto of the Modi government of ‘minimum government, maximum governance’ established under the 2014 and 2019 manifestos.
There have been suggestions from bureaucratic panels to merge
several ministries under one branch since 2014. In 2017, the central government had merged two ministries of urban development and housing and urban poverty alleviation into housing and urban affairs ministry. The government currently undertakes 41 ministries, which also have several sub-departments and branches under them.
The government had renamed a couple of ministries in the past, including the Ministry of Environment to the Ministry of Environment, Forest, and Climate Change.
The Ministry of Animal Husbandry was changed to the Ministry of Fisheries, Animal Husbandry, and Dairying. The Ministry of Human Resource Development was changed to the Education Ministry.