Sri. C.N Balakrishnan
Minister For Co-operation
Kerala State Co-operative Employees’ Welfare Board
In a developed co-operative system like that of Kerala, the employees working in co-operative institutions are integral part of the sector. The overall development, growth and the destiny as whole of the institution depends on the performance of its employees. They hold the key role as the connecting link between the management and the ordinary members of the co-operative institutions, who are really the ultimate beneficiaries. Thus the successful functioning of a co-operative society depends, to a larger extent, on the way in which the employees take care of things. Under the circumstances, the Managing Committee is expected to mould such a strategy so as to derive maximum results by the full and effective utilisation of the available manpower in that institution. As a part of this strategy, the Government / Administration ought to have cast an eye on the various problems to be faced by the employees while discharging their duties. Proper arrangements for settling the grievances, redressing the monitory losses etc. in respect of the employees are to be made through appropriate orders by the statutory authority. The establishment of ‘‘Kerala Co-operative Employees’ Welfare Fund’’ in 1986 was a major step in this direction. In 1992 The ‘‘Welfare Fund’’ was reconstituted as the ‘‘ Kerala State Co-operative Employees Welfare Board’’ where in, all regular employees working in all types of co-operative societies were brought under the scope and purview of the Welfare Board. A separate scheme for the welfare of commission agents working in the sector was also introduced under the control of this Board by a minimum of welfare activities in 2001. In 2013, the scheme for commission agents was cancelled with a view of unification of all assistances to its members and hence the existing rules for the constitution and administration of the Kerala State Co-operative Employees Welfare Board has been modified.