International Cooperative Alliance (ICA) defines Cooperative as: -
"A co-operative is an autonomous association of persons united voluntarily to meet their common economic, social, and cultural needs and aspirations through a jointly-owned and democratically-controlled enterprise."
"Cooperatives are a reminder to the international community that it is possible to pursue both economic viability and social responsibility."
-United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon
The application form (bilingual) for new admission must be filled completely and correctly preferably in English in capital letters.
The Society should submit the following documents alongwith its application form:
The application form should be recommended by the concerned Assistant / Deputy Registrar of Cooperative Societies.
After receiving the recommendation from Assistant / Deputy Registrar, State Marketing Manager should verify all the above documents and recommend the application for membership of IFFCO. State Marketing Manager should also verify the credential and existence of the society before sending the application form for membership.
The relevant application forms can be obtained from nearest Area Office / State Office of IFFCO
*Admission fee for village level societies is Rs 25/- and for others Rs 100/-.
No individual shall be eligible for membership of IFFCO. The membership of IFFCO will be open to the following :
Associate Member : IFFCO has provision of Associate Members in its Bye-Laws. Any such person/ society / Institution with whom IFFCO is likely to do business in connection with services/ products/ fertilisers may be admitted as associate member.
Supply of fertiliser, seed and pesticides of IFFCO to member cooperatives on priority basis.
IFFCO member societies are being paid @ 20% dividend on the equity held by them in IFFCO from last 15 consecutive years.
The member society can send their representative for the Representative General Body of IFFCO as per IFFCO Bye-Laws.
If elected as delegate of IFFCO, S/he has -
IFFCO's fertiliser supply is not restricted to only member cooperatives. Fertiliser supply is also made to non-member societies and institutional agencies.
IFFCO supplies Urea and DAP/NPK to the Federation/ Societies at the issue prices notified by Government of India.
The Representative General Body (RGB) consists of members representing entire spectrum of members of IFFCO. The RGB guides IFFCO in charting out a path to realise the objectives as enshrined in bye laws of IFFCO.
The Cooperative principles are:
1. Voluntary and Open Membership
Co-operatives are voluntary organisations, open to all persons able to use their services and willing to accept the responsibilities of membership, without gender, social, racial, political or religious discrimination.
2. Democratic Member Control
Co-operatives are democratic organisations controlled by their members, who actively participate in setting their policies and making decisions. Men and women serving as elected representatives are accountable to the membership. In primary co-operatives members have equal voting rights (one member, one vote) and co-operatives at other levels are also organised in a democratic manner.
3. Member Economic Participation
Members contribute equitably to, and democratically control, the capital of their co-operative. At least part of that capital is usually the common property of the co-operative. Members usually receive limited compensation, if any, on capital subscribed as a condition of membership. Members allocate surpluses for any or all of the following purposes: developing their co-operative, possibly by setting up reserves, part of which at least would be indivisible; benefiting members in proportion to their transactions with the co-operative; and supporting other activities approved by the membership.
4. Autonomy and Independence
Co-operatives are autonomous, self-help organisations controlled by their members. If they enter into agreements with other organisations, including governments, or raise capital from external sources, they do so on terms that ensure democratic control by their members and maintain their co-operative autonomy.
5. Education, Training and Information
Co-operatives provide education and training for their members, elected representatives, managers, and employees so they can contribute effectively to the development of their co-operatives. They inform the general public - particularly young people and opinion leaders - about the nature and benefits of co-operation.
6. Cooperation among Cooperatives
Co-operatives serve their members most effectively and strengthen the co-operative movement by working together through local, national, regional and international structures.
7. Concern for community
Co-operatives work for the sustainable development of their communities through policies approved by their members.
IFFCO had initiated a Cash Award in 1982-83 with the nomenclature of “Best Cooperator” for recognising exceptional contribution in Cooperative Movement in the Country. From the year 1996-97 the nomenclature of “Best Cooperator” Award was rechristened to “Sahakarita Ratna Award”. Further, an additional award i.e. “Sahakarita Bandhu” was initiated in the year 1993-94 for the propagation of cooperative ideology.
These Awards are conferred on eminent cooperators for their distinguished and outstanding contribution towards the propagation of cooperative ideology and strengthening of cooperative movement. These Awards carry an award money of Rupee 5,00,000/- each and a citation, presented every year by IFFCO in “Jawaharlal Nehru Memorial IFFCO Lecture” organised during the Cooperative Week Celebrated in the country, from 14-20 November.
A Sub-Group of Board of directors is formed to screen the recommendations received from State Cooperative Unions, National Cooperative Union of India and IFFCO Board of Directors. The Sub-group after deliberations, recommend the names of Awardees to the Board of Directors. The Board then selects the Awardees
The Cooperative Movement in India is a legacy of India’s first Prime Minister Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru who had an immeasurable contribution in promoting and propagating the concept of “Cooperation” in India. He was a firm believer of Cooperative Philosophy. He visualized cooperatives as a powerful means for bringing about the socio-economic transformation in the Country. His vision on the “Cooperation” made him one of the greatest cooperative thinkers of his times. The philosophy propagated by him still holds well in modern times as well.
In order to commemorate his cooperative ideals and to honour Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, IFFCO has instituted a lecture series known as “Jawaharlal Nehru Memorial IFFCO Lecture” from the year 1983. The lecture is organised annually and for delivering the lecture an eminent person is invited. The Jawaharlal Nehru Memorial IFFCO Lecture is generally organised during/around the cooperative week which is celebrated during November 14-20 of every year.
IFFCO established this charitable trust "IFFCO Kisan Sewa Trust” to provide relief and rehabilitation to the victims in the event of natural calamities like floods, earthquakes, droughts, cyclones, landslides etc. and to undertake programmes for the welfare and critical medical attention of needy farmers including projects aimed at improving their quality of life. Consequent upon the massive earthquake in Gujarat in January, 2001, IFFCO created Kisan Sewa Fund (KSF) which is now widely known as “IFFCO KISAN SEWA TRUST(IKST)”.
IKST was created out of contributions from IFFCO, Employees of IFFCO and Cooperative Societies.
The Trust undertakes variety of activities to assist needy farmers living below poverty line for providing medical assistance by organising Eye Camps, free Health and Ayurvedic Free Check-up Camps, Financial assistance to Rural Hospitals for distribution of medicines among farmers, providing medical equipments, arranging for blood through Red Cross Society and financial assistance to various hospitals for the treatment of poor farmers.
Considering the importance of education for the overall development of rural India, IKST expanded its scope and decided that besides providing financial assistance in critical medical cases, IKST may also consider providing scholarships to the children of poor farmers living "Below Poverty Line". The scholarship has been titled as "SHRI SURINDER KUMAR JAKHAR SCHOLARSHIP"