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Co-operative Sector Development Department

Information required to be published under Section 4 (1) (b) of the RTI Act

Sr. No Particulars Information
(i) Particulars of its organisation, functions and duties Cooperative Sector Development Department (CSDD)
NABARD, Head Office, Mumbai
Tel: 022-68120082

The rural cooperative sector is an essential part of the rural economy. It involves cooperative organizations that provide financial services, marketing support and other resources to farmers and rural communities. These cooperatives are typically owned and operated by their members, who are often small-scale farmers or producers.

Cooperative Sector Development Department (CSDD) has been at the forefront in this direction, engaging directly and indirectly with cooperative sector and the population associated with the cooperative institutions at all stages. The primary function of the department is to implement the Centrally Sponsored Project for PACS Computerisation (CSPCP) and Computerisation of ARDBs. The Department is working on these projects in close collaboration with the Ministry of Cooperation, GoI, State Government, StCBs/DCCBs and other stakeholders.

Core Functions of the Department
  • Implementation of Centrally Sponsored Project for Computerisation of PACS:
  • On 29 June 2022, the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs of the Government of India (GoI) approved a Centrally Sponsored Scheme for Computerisation of PACS with the objective of increasing efficiency, bringing transparency and accountability in their operations, facilitating diversification of their business and undertake multiple activities/ services.

    This project proposes to benefit directly through computerization of credit and non-credit business activities of about 63,000 functional PACS over a period of 5 years with a total budget outlay of Rs. 2,516 crore with a Government of India share of Rs. 1,528 crore. The shares of State Governments and NABARD in the cost of implementation of the project are Rs. 736 crore and Rs. 252 crore, respectively. Subsequently, 4,009 additional PACS have been sanctioned by MoC, GOI for computerisation under CSPCP.

    NABARD is implementing the project, on behalf of the Ministry of Cooperation, which is an effort towards providing requisite computer hardware and peripherals together with Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) based common software to enable all the PACS to capture records of all credit and non-credit operations digitally and seamlessly in an efficient and transparent manner. The project comprises of development of cloud-based common software with cyber security, uploading and building a National Level Data Repository (NLDR), training, and other support services. This software will be in vernacular language having the flexibility of customisation as per the needs and requirements of the States.

  • Implementation of Computerisation of ARDBs
  • The Hon’ble Minister of Home & Cooperation, Shri Amit Shah launched the project for Computerisation of ARDBs on 30 January 2024 in a National Conference and Workshop organised on “Computerisation of Offices of Registrars of Cooperatives of all the states/UTs and Agriculture & Rural Development Banks” at New Delhi.

    NABARD is the implementing agency for the computerisation of 1851 units of ARDBs of 11 States and 02 UTs.

  • To formulate short/medium/long term plans for the development of Cooperative Sector.
(ii) The powers and duties of its officers and employees

Duties and powers to be exercised are as per NABARD Staff Rules, 1982. Financial sanctions pertaining to the Funds, are based on parameters & laid out instructions under “Delegation of Powers under Cooperative Development Fund (CDF).

Grant support on CCS for Computerisation of PACS - Delegation of Powers.

Grant support to Credit Cooperative Societies (CCS)
Amount Committee
Software & Data Repository Above Rs. 50 Cr CHSC
> Rs. 25 Cr to Rs. 50 Cr DHSC
Upto Rs. 25 Cr HOCLSC
Administrative Expenses Above Rs. 1 Cr CHSC
> Rs. 75 Lakh to Rs. 1 Cr DHSC
Upto Rs. 75 Lakh HOCLSC
Upto Rs. 50 Lakh ROCHSC
Training expenses Above Rs. 5 Cr CHSC
> Rs. 1 Cr to Rs. 5 Cr DHSC
Upto Rs. 1 Cr HOCLSC
Upto Rs. 50 Lakh ROCHSCs
  • Note - CHSC- Chairman Headed sanctioning Committee
  • DHSC- DMD Headed Sanctioning Committee
  • HOCLSC- HO CGM level Sanctioning Committee
  • ROCHSC- RO CGM level Headed Sanctioning Committee
(iii) Procedure followed in the decision making process, including channels of supervision and accountability

The Department has on its roll different categories of staff such as, Officers (Grade A to F) and other support staff. The decision-making process followed in the department is as per procedure indicated in respective guidelines / instructions of the programmes/schemes as applicable from time to time. There is a clear-cut demarcation of roles, responsibilities and discretionary powers amongst different supervisory levels and the accountability is fixed up accordingly.

(iv) Norms set by it for the discharge of its functions Norms set for the discharge of duties originate from extant policy guidelines, circulars, manuals, etc., as applicable in-
  • NABARD Staff Rules 1982
  • General Administration Manual
  • NABARD Expenditure Rules 2023
(v) Rules, regulations, instructions, manuals and records, held by it or under its control or used by its employees for discharging its functions. The Department follows-
  • Provisions of internal circulars/ guidelines issued by the Bank.
  • Provisions of NABARD Act 1981, regulatory guidelines issued by Govt. of India, RBI etc.
  • Any other rules/guidelines as applicable.
(vi) A statement of the categories of documents that are held by it or under its control Agenda Notes, Attendance, Minutes and proceedings of the Review meetings of PACS Computerisation and ARDB Computerisation are held under the control of department. Policy / instructions / Circulars are maintained separately.
(vii) Particulars of any arrangement that exists for consultation with or representation by the members of the public in relation to the formulation of its policy or implementation thereof Policy framed as per corporate office guidelines/subject to approval of Board of Directors consisting of representatives from GoI/RBI.
(viii) A statement of the boards, councils, committees and other bodies consisting of two or more persons constituted as its part or for the purpose of its advice, and as to whether meetings of those boards, councils, committees and other bodies are open to the public, or the minutes of such meetings are accessible for public Not Applicable
(ix) A directory of its officers and employees Available at: Directory of its Officers and Employees
(x) The monthly remuneration received by each of its officers and employees, including the system of compensation as provided in its regulations Click here
(xi) Budget allocated to each of its agency, indicating the particulars of all plans, proposed expenditures and reports on disbursements made
  • The Annual budget estimates under CDF are allocated by HO after taking into consideration the past performance in sanction of proposals & release of disbursements, the requirements indicated by the RO as well as the size & potential of each RO.
  • Expenditure incurred against budget allocated and is reviewed annually.
(xii) Manner of execution of subsidy programmes, including the amounts allocated and the details of beneficiaries of such programmes No subsidy Programme implemented by CSDD.
(xiii) Particulars of recipients of concessions, permits or authorisations granted by the organization Not applicable
(xiv) Details in respect of the information available to or held by it, reduced in an electronic form Not Applicable.
(xv) Particulars of facilities available to citizens for obtaining information, including the working hours of a library or reading room, if maintained for public use Refer to NABARD's RTI Homepage at the link: Click Here
(xvi) The names , designations and other particulars of the Public Information Officers

Information is available on the public domain at below link
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(xvii) Such other information as may be prescribed and thereafter update these publications every year The information with respect to cooperative sector development is being updated on the NABARD website.
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