In a recent investigation report, it has come to light that co-operative societies in the state of Kerala are grappling with various irregularities, with the lion’s share of these issues being associated with those managed by the UDF (United Democratic Front). According to the Co-operative Registrar’s report, out of the 272 cooperative societies found to be irregular, a staggering 202 of them are under the governance of UDF committees. This revelation underscores the prevalence of fraud and mismanagement within co-operative societies in Thiruvananthapuram district.
Kerala boasts a total of 16,255 registered cooperative societies. Shockingly, irregularities have been discovered in 272 of these societies following a comprehensive investigation conducted by the Co-operative Registrar. Among these, the UDF has dominion over all 202 societies that have been found to exhibit irregularities. It is worth noting that irregularities have been uncovered within all 63 groups led by the LDF (Left Democratic Front) as well.
The BJP (Bharatiya Janata Party) is not exempt from the turmoil, as all seven groups under their control also exhibit signs of disorder within their co-operative societies. Specifically, within Thiruvananthapuram district, 29 cooperative societies have fallen prey to irregularities. This district comprises 25 co-operative societies governed by the UDF, none by the LDF, and just one under the BJP’s jurisdiction.
Shifting our focus to Pathanamthitta district, it is evident that LDF-ruled co-operative societies have encountered a significant number of fraudulent activities. A total of 25 groups within this district have been found to be affected. Additionally, all nine groups administered by the UDF have been embroiled in fraudulent activities as well.
The recent release of the Registrar of Cooperatives’ regular audit report adds a new dimension to the situation. The LDF, which has faced accusations in the Karuvannur case, is expected to leverage this report in its defense.
This development serves as a stark reminder of the pressing need for comprehensive reforms within Kerala’s cooperative societies, particularly within the UDF-managed entities, to restore trust and accountability among stakeholders.