- Government policies and interventions for development in various sectors and issues arising out of their design and implementation.
“Yuva Sahakar-Cooperative Enterprise Support and Innovation Scheme”
What to study?
- For Prelims: Key features of the scheme, NCDC.
- For Mains: Significance of the scheme of the role of youth in cooperatives, hurdles and measures needed.
Context: To cater to the needs and aspirations of the youth, the National Cooperative Development Corporation (NCDC) has launched a youth-friendly scheme ‘Yuva Sahakar-Cooperative Enterprise Support and Innovation Scheme” for attracting them to cooperative business ventures.
Key features of the scheme:
- The scheme would encourage cooperatives to venture into new and innovative areas.
- NCDC has created a dedicated fund with liberal features enabling youth to avail the scheme. The scheme will be linked to Rs 1000 crore ‘Cooperative Start-up and Innovation Fund (CSIF)’ created by the NCDC. It would have more incentives for cooperatives of North Eastern region, Aspirational Districts and cooperatives with women or SC or ST or PwD members.
- The funding for the project will be up to 80% of the project cost for these special categories as against 70% for others. The scheme envisages 2% less than the applicable rate of interest on term loan for the project cost up to Rs 3 crore including 2 years moratorium on payment of principal. All types of cooperatives in operation for at least one year are eligible.
National Cooperative Development Corporation (NCDC) was established by an Act of Parliament in 1963 as a statutory Corporation under Ministry of Agriculture & Farmers Welfare. It has many regional centres to provide the financial assistance to Cooperatives/Societies/Federations.