Friday, September 2, 2011

Supreme Court quashes AP ordinance and Ensures dairies’ autonomy

Lok Satta Party President Dr. Jayaprakash Narayan today heartily welcomed the Supreme Court judgment quashing the Andhra Pradesh Government ordinance taking over dairies registered under the Andhra Pradesh Mutually Aided Cooperative Societies Act, 1995.

“It is a historic victory for farmers, the Lok Satta, and all those who have been fighting for ridding cooperative institutions of Government interference,” said Dr. JP in a media statement.

Andhra Pradesh was the first in the country to adopt the law in 1995, which ensured total autonomy to cooperatives so long as they do not depend on the Government. Barring in Chittoor, Kadapa and Godavari districts, all district dairies in the State registered themselves under the new law in 1995. Free from Government interference, they flourished and ensured prosperity to farmers even as those governed by the AP Cooperative Societies Act,1964, turned sick.

In a strange and bizarre manner, the Government took over the dairies registered under the 1995 Act by an ordinance.

The Andhra Pradesh High Court, giving its verdict in a writ petition filed by the abolished dairies, held the ordinance illegal and unconstitutional. The State Government challenged the High Court order in the Supreme Court.

The Supreme Court has now upheld the High Court order.

Dr. JP appealed to the Andhra Pradesh Government to respect the Supreme Court judgment and stop harassing dairies registered under the 1995 Act. He hoped that all cooperative societies, which are not dependent on the Government in any manner, will become autonomous by embracing provisions under the 1995 Act.

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