NCDFI Chairman elected Governing Council Member of NCUI

Gangtok, 23 Nov:

Chairman of National Cooperative Dairy Federation of India Ltd, MangalJitRai has been unanimously elected as Governing Council Member of National Cooperative Union of India (NCUI), an apex body of cooperative organizations in the country. The announcement came during the General Body Meeting of NCUI held on 23 Nov, 2020.

Established in 1929, NCUI has been acting as choirmaster of the cooperative movement in the country. Over the years, it has broadened its activities to address the contemporary issues of the cooperative sector. Including NCDFI, it has a total membership of 272 organizations comprising of cooperative institutions at national and state level apart from multi-state cooperative societies from across the sectors of Indian cooperative fraternity.

On the occasion, MangalJitRai said, “It is a great pride and honor for me to represent millions of dairy farmers at another esteemed national level cooperative forum. I see my election to NCUI Board as an opportunity to bring some valuable insight from the cooperative dairy sector to reinforce the cooperative framework of the country, and replicate the sector-level success in other potential areas contributing to the promotion of cooperative agendas in general”.

NCDFI, an apex body of dairy cooperatives in India, follows a vertically integrated multi-tier structure with 27 State Cooperative Dairy Federations at the top followed by 218 District Cooperative Milk Producers’ Unions and 1.73 lakh Village Cooperative Milk Producers’ Societies at the bottom. 163 lakh dairy farmers are associated with dairy cooperatives. Each stakeholder’s core objective in this multilayer structure is to maximize the producers’ share in consumer’s rupee. Remaining true to its core values, India’s cooperative dairy ecosystem has been successful in paying up to 85% of consumers’ rupee back to the milk producers. This well-built model of dairy cooperatives established its robustness even during exceptional situations like the Covid-19 pandemic by maintaining the supply-demand gap for milk and milk products at considerably low levels compared with other sectors.

NCDFI has been facilitating the working of dairy cooperatives through coordination, networking, and advocacy. Its core activities include - Coordinating the Institutional sale of quality Milk and Milk Products to the Ministry of Defence, IRCTC, ITBP, etc., Genetic Improvement through the distribution of Superior Animal Genetics, and Cooperative Development through Capacity Building. The Adoption of technology and its application to ensure better returns to dairy cooperatives and in turn to milk producers has been the focus of NCDFI. With a vision to digitally empower the dairy cooperatives and transform the prevalent trading system, the electronic trading platform ‘NCDFI eMarket’ was launched on June 10, 2015 to provide transparent, fair, and economic dealings to various dairy cooperatives with the patronage of the National Dairy Development Board (NDDB). Further, the initiative is in accordance with the emphasis on transparency and promotion of digital transactions and electronic modes of payment as advised by our Prime Minister.

MangalJitRai is Chairman of NCDFI since February 2017. As a leader of the organization, he has been instrumental in strengthening its core activities apart from bolstering organizational structure. Under his able leadership, the transacted business of NCDFI has been more than doubled from Rs.1,543crores in 2016-17 to Rs.3,455 crores in 2019–20.

ShriRai is Sikkim State President of SahakarBharati, which actively strengthens the cooperative movement across the country.

Further, ShriRai is a member of the Cooperative Development Forum of India, which was launched in July 2020 to provide regulatory assistance to the existing cooperatives and strengthen the cooperative design across the sectors in the country.