The Haryana State Cooperative Development Federation Ltd; popularly known as HARCOFED came into existence on 1st November, 1966 as a result of bifurcation of erstwhile State Cooperative Union of Punjab. This Institution works like a liaison agency between various Cooperative Institutions and the State Government. HARCOFED is entrusted with the activities relating to Member Education and Training to employees as also Publicizing the activities and achievements of Cooperatives.
The details of activities undertaken by this Federation is as under:-
(1) COOPERATIVE EDUCATION & TRAINING:
The main objectives of this programme are:
- To acquaint the members, managing committee members and office bearers with operational and management aspects of the Cooperatives;
- To develop in them an understanding of their rights, duties and obligations;
- To develop leadership which may not only provide necessary guidance but also educate the members;
- To create awareness about the values of Cooperative action and realize their own potential;
- To impress upon the members and others, the need to patronize and support Cooperatives as the nuclei for socio-economic development of the community;
- To stress upon the members the need of preparing Business Development Plan for the societies.
(a) Training Programme:- For the professionalization of junior level personnel of various sectors of the Cooperatives, the Federation conducts training programmes as per requirements of the concerned institutions. These courses are conducted by the A.C.E.Os with the help of officers of Cooperative Department and other Cooperative institutions. Besides under the ICDP programme also training is imparted to employees.
(b) Awareness Programme for Members and Prospective Members:- The objective of this programme is to create awareness among the members and prospective members pertaining to activities and achievements of Cooperatives; principles, practices and philosophy of cooperation; rights, duties and obligations of the members and latest information regarding agriculture. Under this programme classes of one day duration are being conducted by the Education Instructors at the sale Points of Primary Agri. Coop. Societies.
(c) Involvement of Schools Students:- With a view to inculcate awareness about Cooperative Movement among high/senior secondary school students, Education Instructors deliver lectures on cooperation in the schools.
(d) Farmers Training Camps:-To enable the farmers to assess their agricultural inputs and cash credit requirements through group discussions.
(e) Democratic Governance and Professional Mangagement/R.T.I. Programme: The objective of this programme is to provide necessary guidance about the Right to Information Act-2005 for socio-economic development of the community.
(f) Programme on Dairy Coop./Women Seminar:- With a view to encourage Members of Primary Dairy Cooperative Societies. Women seminars are being arranged by the Federation to aware them about latest development in Cooperative schemes with the help of Experts of Animal Husbandry Department and Dairy Cooperatives.
(g) Speech Contest:- To inculcate awareness about cooperative movement among college students
(h) Programme for members of Group House Building Societies:- During his year, HARCOFED organized seminars in the Distt. of Gurgaon,Faridabad and Panchkula for the Members of House Building Societies. These seminars will be organized with the help of Deputy Registrar/Assistant Registrar, Cooperative Societies of Concerned Distt. Besides, senior officers of Cooperative Department, National Cooperative Housing Federation, Cooperative Housing Bank and Haryana Urban Development Authority are also invited in these seminars to provide latest information to the members.
(i) Cooperative and Concern for Community:– With a view to encourage concerned for community and developing cooperation among members through Tree Plantation Programme.
(j) Organized Poem Competition:- To inculcate awareness about cooperative movement among school students, Poem competition is being arranged by the Federation.
(k) Organized Painting/Drawing Competition:- To inculcate awareness about cooperative movement among school students, Painting competition are being arranged by the Federation.
(l) Organized Essay Competition:- To inculcate awareness about cooperative movement among school students
(m) Programmes on Sugar Mills:- With a view to encourage Members of Sugar Mills, programmes on sugar mills are being arranged by the Federation to aware them about latest development schemes with the help of Experts of Agriculture Department and Cane Advisors in State of Haryana.
(n) Publication of Periodicals:- HARCOFED has embarked upon making its fortnightly magazine ‘Haryana Sahkari Parkash’ more vivid by ensuring the inclusion of such topics as Cooperative Law, Management, R.T.I. Act-2005, success stories, latest schemes of various sectors of the movement and views of eminent cooperators.Efforts have also been made to make the magazine more acceptable and attractive.