Even as the new government is getting set, state cooperative election commission has rolled out the process of conducting elections to more than 20,000 cooperative bodies in the state. Senior officers said these elections would be conducted by the end of December, while that to state federal bodies and sugar factories would be done by March 2015.
Following Bombay High Court directives, the state government had set up a special commission to oversee elections to cooperative bodies.
Headed by Madhukar Chowdhury, former commissioner for cooperatives, it has been given the task of conducting elections to cooperatives.
Senior EC officers said they had divided cooperative bodies into four sectors based on functions and membership. Group A consists of state federal societies, sugar factories and spinning mills with 138 members.
There are 4,000 societies under Group B, which includes urban cooperative banks and credit societies with more than 1 crore savings. Group C has 8,500 societies, and includes cooperative housing societies with more than 200 members, and lift irrigation societies while Group D with 6,500 members consists of small housing societies.
Election to societies under A, B and C groups will be conducted by secret ballot, while elections to group D will be conducted in special annual general body meetings.