Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Nov 3:
Biju Janata Dal president and Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today urged party men to prepare in right earnest for the forthcoming cooperative elections in the state.
Addressing a workshop and seminar at the Pathanivas here as part of the preparations for the polls, Patnaik said each member of the party must work to ensure a vibrant and efficent cooperative network in the state.
Patnaik inaugurated the workshop, which will continue till six in the evening. Th day-long event is being attended by ministers, MLAs and cooperative workers both from the grassroots level to the top level.
On October 28, Patnaik had announced 12-member state level coordination committee to oversee the elections on behalf of the party to be headed by senior BJD leader and Athagarh MLA Ranendra Pratap Swain.
Nagendra Pradhan, Prafulla Samal, Jiban Pradip Das, Bhagirathi Badajena, Rajanikant Singh, Balabhadra Majhi, Debesh Acharya, Rabinarayan Nanda, Sesha Kumar Meher, Umesh Swain, Alekh Choudhury and Girish Das are the other members of the committee.
Sources in the BJD said the workshop will deliberate on the new cooperative law as well as on the modalities of the elections to the cooperative bodies which is held in three stages.
It may be recalled that Cooperative Election Commissioner Krushna Gopal Mohapatra had issued the notification on October 29 for holding of elections to cooperative societies in the state on two dates- January 18 and 25 next year.
Elections will be held for 9,733 primary cooperative societies in the state.
The state government had been deferring the polls over the last 18 months. Polls were deferred last month again for six months through an ordinance. Elections to cooperative societies were last held seven years back in 2007.
The state government had issued a notification on October 17 to hold the elections in nearly 10,600 cooperative societies (primary, central and apex) in Odisha.