The Cooperative movement was introduced during the 2nd five year plan in Leh District. However it was only in the 4th five year plan the impact of the Cooperatives started to show results. Today the Cooperative occupies a very important place in the economy of the District. This is as a result of active voluntary participation of the people, liberal financial assistance, and positive role of the District Administration and relentless dedicated service of the departmental officials. The main objectives of the Cooperatives in the District are emphasized below:-
To carry out the above activities there are 99 various types of Cooperative registered under J&K State Cooperative Societies Act 1969/1989 with liberal financial assistance and many Cooperatives registered under J&K Self Reliant Cooperative Societies Act 1999 without any Government financial assistance out which some of such Cooperatives are doing excellent business and providing services to its members. The Consumer Cooperatives registered under J&K State Cooperative Societies Act 1960/89 have sold essential commodities worth Rs:168.80 Lacs in Rural areas and 526.24 Lacs in Urban area of Leh District at most reasonable rates there by keeping the open Market price under check and made available Essential goods particularly in Winter time during the 2010-11. Through Consumer Cooperative Society about 70 tones of Vegetables has been provided to the public during winter months at reasonable rate with the efforts of District Administration. The five Marketing Societies of the District marketed farmers Vegetables worth of Rs: 832.28 Lacs which included Potato Onion Vegetables Fruits etc and it has benefited thousands of Farmers in the District and Marketing Society also supplies Fodder to the people of Changthang for their cattle’s. The Cooperatives made available Fertilizer Urea, DAP, and MOP to the farmers of Leh District during 2010-11 about 4200 Qtls. of Urea, 3900 Qtls. of DAP and 200 Qtls. of MOP has been stocked and recent days of cropping season it has been distributed to the farmers of Leh District. The Ladakh Transport Cooperative Society has business turn over of Rs:2008.47 Lacs during the year 2010-11 resulting in to generation of income to the local transporters. During the year 2010-11 the Cooperative has done the business of Sea Buckthorn, about 5415 Kgs @ Rs:22/- of Sea Buckthorn barriers was collected and paid 13 Lacs to the people, and 32 tones of Sea Buckthorn pulp has been sold @ Rs:-76/- per Kg. of the worth of Rs:25,68,760/-. There was a KVIC project SFURTI Sea Buckthorn cluster Programme for the entrepreneurial development through training and capacity building for the un-employed youth and farmers about 30 beneficiaries have been trained till date. The Cooperative Societies is a implementing Agency of the project, under this Programme a Sea Buckthorn squash is introducing in the market under the named and tittles Leh Gold with the technical support of DIHAR (DRDO). The Handicraft Cooperative was able to sell various Handicraft items Viz wood carved local table and Pashmina Shawls, Stoles etc worth Rs:11.55 Lacs during 2010-11. But recent flood in Leh District has washed away the Handicraft weaving centre near the New Bus Stand resulting in lose of the livelihood of the weavers working in Handicraft centre. During the year 2009-10 the All Changthang Pashmina Growers Cooperative Marketing Society Ltd. Leh procured almost all the raw pashmina through its affiliated villages Cooperatives of Nyoma and Durbuk Block as there was recession in the International Market because of that no any Intermediaries procure Pashmina from the Changthang area and during the year 2010-11 sold dehaired pashmina of the worth of Rs:287.58 Lacs. Recently the All Changthant Pashmina Growers Cooperative Marketing Society Ltd. Leh has tie up with the International export Pashmina company named SAS International to sell Pashmina at good price their by to benefit the Growers. With the intervention of the Cooperatives after the installation Pashmina dehairing plant at With 100% support of Ministry of Textiles, Government of India, UNDP and Ladakh Autonomous Hill Development Council few years back the people of Changthang have a assured market of Pashmina and they have been freed from the clutches of the greedy middle man who have been exploiting this innocent community since centuries. Deputy Registrar, Cooperative Societies, Leh.