Indian Coffee Workers’ Co-op Society completes 60 glorious yrs

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 11 Apr 2018 10:21:31



Staff Reporter

INDIAN Coffee Workers’ Co-operative Society Limited (ICWCSL), Jabalpur, successfully completed 60 years journey and has attained new heights. ICWCSL came in being from India Coffee Board which was run by the Government of India prior to independence to propagate coffee products. For this purpose, India Coffee Houses were run by the Board at different places and this continued even after independence. Due to loss suffered by the Government, it was decided to close down the Coffee Houses which resulted in retrenchment of several employees. Under these circumstances with advice of the then Prime Minister Pt Jawaharlal Nehru and Leader of Opposition late A K Gopalan, who was All India Coffee Board Labour Union leader, decided to form Co-operative Societies for each State so as to provide jobs to retrenched employees of closed Coffee Houses.

Accordingly, retrenched employees from India Coffee House at Jabalpur, MP formed a Co-operative Society called ‘The Indian Coffee Workers’ Co-operative Society Limited, Jabalpur’ and registered it under Madhya Pradesh Co-operative Societies Act-1960. The Society was started with 16 members with a capital of Rs 1,365.00. The Society started its first branch at Wright Town, Jabalpur, on January 9, 1958. The Society, has been guided by renowned labour leaders of Madhya Pradesh including late L N Mehrotra (Founder President) and late P Sadasivan Nair (founder Vice-President). Now, the society has 137 Indian Coffee House and 10 lodges working in different areas and it has over 4,341 employees. Main characteristic of the Society is that it is purely a Workers’ Co-operative Society fully owned and controlled by its members. People working in the Society are its members and shareholders. The membership is automatically cancelled on resignation or retirement from the Society. Main source of income of the Society is sales of food in its branches. ICH have earned reputation of being a public place frequented by higher echelons of the society including journalists, politicians, doctors, lawyers, professors, lectures, students and business class along with their families etc.

Indian Coffee Houses across India have played in offering democratic space to discerning public for discussions, debates and exchanges of information and ideas. Indian Coffee Houses are run by the Society registered in Madhya Pradesh running its branches in all important towns of Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh. It is also an ISO 9001:2008 certified Co-operative Society. O K Rajagopalan, President of this Society, described that the management and entire staff are fully sensitive to respond to changing consumer expectations and to provide complete satisfaction to customers for their valuable money. Indian Coffee House is a best example that if there is members’ co-operation, sincerity, dedication, hardwork and a common interest they can do miracles and achieve everything. Each member of the Society gets his remuneration as per pay scale attached with the post they are deployed. Promotions are given by a committee constituted for the said purpose. Administration of the Society is looked after by a Managing Committee elected by general body once in every five years.

Now, the President of the Society is O K Rajagopalan. The Society runs canteens of public sector including NTPC, NMDC, Steel Plants at Bhilai, Visakhapatnam and Bokaro.
Apart from these public sectors, owned by the Government of India, the Society also runs canteens of establishments owned by the State Government namely HPGCL, Haryana, APGENCO, Andhra Pradesh, TSGENCO, Telangana, MSPGCL, MAHAGENCO, Maharashtra, MPPGCL, Madhya Pradesh, CSPGCL, Chhattisgarh etc for their establishment.
On the occasion of diamond jubilee celebration, we would like to extend our thanks to our beloved customers, Government departments and co-operative departments, Indira Nair, our Patron of the Society, and continuous support from people in different areas. Secret behind the success is its precious workers. Their sincerity, hardwork, their co-operative attitude towards the management, their brotherly behaviour with co-workers, their dedication towards work, awareness in responsibilities and hospitality towards customers.Main target of the Society is to develop Co-operative movement in the country as well as to provide more and more employment to unemployed youth. Indian Coffee Workers’ Co-operative Society Limited, Jabalpur, is one of the most successful and ideal co-operative movement in India.