In 1956, the administrative control over the industrial co-operatives was transferred from the Department of Co-operation to the Department of Industries and Commerce. A separate wing with technical and administrative staff is functioning in the Industries Department to give exclusive attention for the development of industrial co-operatives. Even though, in the beginning, industrial co-operatives were mostly formed for the benefit of rural artisans, workers and labourer, eventually, service industrial co-operatives for the benefit of small entrepreneurs, producers and small farmers have also been started
Etymologically cottage, tiny and small industries suffer from the disadvantage of economics of scale owing to small size, little finance, employment of small machines, high cost due to their inability in making bulk purchases etc. As individual entitles, these tiny and cottage units cannot effectively market their produce also. In order to overcome the above hindrances, a co-operative form of organization namely INDUSTRIAL co-operativeS were formed. Organizations of individuals into societies and combination of societies into District and State Level lead to greater efficiency, innovation and larger turnover.
Industrial co-operatives have been organised with two objectives namely social and economic upliftment of the people living below the poverty line.
Industrial co-operatives, a wing of the Department of Industries and Commerce, plays a vital role
In nutshell Industrial Co-operative Societies ensure marketing of the finished products of the members, advantages of large scale economics to the members and mutual help among the members with cardinal principal of each for all and all for each.
|Sl. No||Name of the District||No. of Societies||Major Sector|
|1||Chennai||27||Banking, Printing & Goods Transport|
|2||Kancheepuram||3||Printing & Metal|
|3||Chengalpattu||6||Venom Extracation, Labour Contract|
|4||Tiruvallur||10||Tailoring, Labour Contract|
|5||Vellore||6||Printing & Engineering|
|12||Thanjavur||15||Coir & Handicrafts|
|23||Dindigul||7||Locks & Keys, Coir|
|27||Tirunelveli||9||Tailoring & Metal|
|33||Salem||16||Sago & Coir|
|35||Erode||7||Printing & Coir|
|36||Coimbatore||17||Printing & Metal|
|37||Thiruppur||9||Coir & Labour Contract|