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Co-operative Organisations

A Co-operative (External website that opens in a new window) is an organisation which focuses on the promotion of the interests of its members in accordance with the principles of co-operation. It is a voluntary association of ten or more members residing or working in the same locality, who join together on the basis of equality for the fulfilment of their economic or business interest. The basic feature which differentiates co-operatives from other forms of business ownership is that its primary motive is service to the members rather than making profits.

But the objectives of a co-operative are primarily economic. It could be seen as a private business organisation that is jointly owned and controlled by its members, who also use its services.

Procedure for Registration of a Multi-State Cooperative Society (External website that opens in a new window)

Taxation of Cooperative Societies (External website that opens in a new window)

A co-operative is a legally established association which is owned and democratically controlled by its members. Co-operatives are based on the values of mutual help, self responsibility, democracy, equality, equity and solidarity. Co-operatives promote honesty, openness, social responsibility and caring for others.

The activities of co-operatives in various States are regulated through respective Co-operative Societies Act and Co-operative Societies Rules administered by the Registrar of Co-operative Societies appointed by the Government.

List of co-operative departments:

Source: National Portal Content Management Team, Reviewed on: 11-03-2011