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Empowering the small business owners with meaningful financial assistance, supporting young entrepreneurs trying to begin their journeys and creating employment opportunities for youngsters to facilitate their financial upliftment, Shri Kiran Thakur and his like-minded colleagues founded Lokmanya Society to achieve these and many such goals.

As we look back at this 26-year long journey, it is for everyone to see how all these objectives have been successfully achieved, while also creating new landmarks along the way. The journey of Lokmanya Society that started on August 31, 1995, from a small room has grown by leaps and bounds and evolved into a network of 213 branches across Maharashtra, Karnataka, Goa and Delhi.The operations of the network, which are growing by the day, are spearheaded from the regional offices of Lokmanya Society, located at Belgaum, Pune, Mumbai, North Goa, South Goa,Sawantwadi,Ratnagiri,kolhapur, Sangli and Nashik. Today, Lokmanya Society has established itself as India’s biggest Multipurpose, Multi-state Cooperative Society.

About Co-operative Movement

History of Co-operative Movement : Co-operative movement according to historians began during 19th century in UK, US and other countries. Robert Owen (1771–1858) is considered as the father of the cooperative movement. In 1844 the Rochdale Pioneers founded the modern Cooperative Movement in Lancashire, England, to provide an affordable alternative to poor-quality and adulterated food and provisions, using any surplus to benefit the community.

The first co-operative society of India was registered in 1905. The first co-operative movement in Asia was stated at Kanaginahal in Gadag , Karnataka, under the leadership of Sri Siddanagouda Sanna Ramanagouda Patil (1843–1933), who is known as the ‘Father of Cooperative movement in Karnataka’. The Agricultural Credit Cooperative Society was launched in Kanaginahal on 8.7.1905. It was the first of its kind in Asia.

Co-operative Movement in India : The principle of cooperation was in practice in India long before, the so-called cooperative movement that began with the application of cooperative principles to business organization in western countries. A student of Indian sociology knows that in ancient rural India people used to co operate with each other for mutual benefit and that is the basis for the modern co operative movement. Asian societies have adapted the co-operative principles that were successful in the world.

The cooperative movement in India may be looked into in two stages namely in pre-Independence era and in post-Independence era Soon thereafter India's first “urban cooperative credit society” was registered in Kanjivaram in the Madras Presidency in October, 1904. Anyonya Co-operative Bank Limited (ACBL) located in the city of Vadodara (formerly Baroda) in Gujarat, which was the first co-operative bank in India. Amul is an Indian dairy cooperative society, based at Anand in the Indian state of Gujarat. Formed in 1946 it is a cooperative brand managed by a cooperative body, the Gujarat Co-operative Milk Marketing Federation Ltd. (GCMMF), which today is jointly owned by 3.6 million (3.6 million) milk producers in Gujarat, and the apex body of 13 District Milk Unions, spread across 13,000 villages of Gujarat.

Initially, the co-operative movement in Maharashtra was confined mainly to the field of agricultural credit but subsequently, it extended to other sectors such as agro-processing, agro marketing, sugar co-operatives, fisheries cooperative societies, co-operative dairy societies, textiles, housing societies, consumer stores etc .

When Lokmanya Tilak turned 61, his followers presented him with a purse of Rs. 1 Lakh, a huge amount in those days. The true patriot he was, Lokmanya Tilak added his own contribution to and asked them to use all of it in the nation’s service. Lokmanya multipurpose co-op Society is not just inspired by this belief and commitment to the nation but has always made it a priority to work for the betterment of the nation.

A photograph of sliced kiwifruit on a while plate

The legacy behind the Society

The legacy of two incredible personalities – Baburao Thakur and Mai Thakur – who had given their blood and sweat to India’s freedom struggle, Sanyukta Maharashtra Movement, Goa Liberation Movement, Maharashtra-Karnataka Border Dispute and many other social issues; has blessed Tarun Bharat newspaper and Lokmanya Society. Baburao Thakur, the Founder Editor of Tarun Bharat built a legacy of fighting injustice by stayingtrue to his principles of transparency and truth, in both journalism and social empowerment.From being a freedom fighter to a journalist fighting for the truth, and from a social worker who stood up against social evils to a philanthropist who worked for strengthening education and societal development; it is difficult to understand which of Baburao Thakur’s role was the most impactful. His body of work is not just an inspiration, but a guiding light for the future generations.Nurtured by Baburao Thakur’s dedication and hard work, Tarun Bharat recently completed its 100-year journey. His principles, commitment and drive have been seamlessly passed on to the next generation. As Tarun Bharat’s Editor, Shri. Kiran Thakur has inaugurated many cooperative societies in Belgaum and its neighbourhood. His interactions with many imminent leaders who shaped Maharashtra’s cooperative movement, from Sahakar Maharshi Vitthalrao Vikhe Patil and Vasantdada Patil to Sharad Pawar, Tatyasaheb Kore and Rajarambapu Patil, led to the foundation of Lokmanya Society.Shri. Kiran Thakur has devoted himself and his life to empower the underprivileged who have the ambitions and a will to work hard. He has supported them financially to enhance the dreams of entrepreneurs and make them self-reliant.

OUR JOURNEY

  • 1995

    Inception in Belgaum, Karnataka

  • 2000

    Founded schools & colleges in Belgaum, Sawantwadi & Sindhudurg

  • 2002

    Registered as a multi-state co-operative society

  • 2008

    Inaugurated 50th branch in Mumbai by Former CM Shri. Manohar Joshi. Achieved status of Multipurpose Society

  • 2010

    Collection of 1 Lakh books for 2,000 life members at Lokmanya Granthalaya

  • 2012

    Inaugurated 100th branch at Kesariwada, Pune by Maharastra's Dy. CM Shri. R R Patil

  • 2013

    Inaugrated Quest Tours to facilitate domestic and international tours for travellers

  • 2014

    Inaugrated 125th branch at Delhi by Gen. JJ Singh(Retd.)

  • 2016

    Inaugrated Zonal office at Pune by Maharastra CM Shri. Devendra Fadnavis

  • 2017

    Inaugrated 200th branch at Mapusa by Goa CM(Late)Shri. Manohar Parrikar

  • 2020

    Lokmanya completed a highly successful 25-years journey of empowering people

  • 2021

    Started CSR initiatives to create employment for the poor and needy

Vision & Mission

At Lokmanya, Lok (people) are at the heart of every single endeavour. The society has a single-minded focus of working for the good of people by uplifting their living standards through sustainable and meaningful initiatives. This is reflected in the vision and mission of Lokmanya.

Vision

To be the flagbearer of people-empowerment by touching, nurturing and enriching the lives of people while strengthening the society.

Mission

  • To guide people towards financial prosperity by supporting them
  • To drive the ambitions of the people by giving them the right educational platforms
  • To provide healthy living for the people by building an expertise driven medical ecosystem
  • To bring joy to the people by fulfilling their aspirations of connecting with the world

 

The Founder Speaks

It gives me immense pleasure to connect with people through different avenues. I firmly believe that the foundation of Lokmanya is these very people that drive us forward, every day.
I come from a very humble background, where my parents ingrained in me the idea of working for the people and empowering them to achieve their dreams. I saw how both my mother and father would seek immense satisfaction in getting associated with the dreams of people and feel proud when they were achieved. This inspired me to do my bit for deserving people around me, who didn’t have the resources to pursue their dreams.
Initially, I collaborated with my friends and like-minded individuals to raise funds that could empower the dreams of the ambitious, but needy people. On 31 August 1995, we founded the Lokmanya Cooperative Credit Society Limited.
In the 25 years since then, the journey that began in Belgaum has reached many more cities across states and has tried to positively impact the lives of thousands and lakhs of individuals, it has been able to connect with. While raising finance was one of the first and foremost objectives of Lokmanya, we have always identified education as an important pillar towards building the society. Lokmanya is associated with many schools and colleges to take education to the under-privileged, who have limited access.
Going further, we have developed strong and socially empowering platforms in the field of health, travel and finance, which have allowed people to realise their dreams and ambitions.
Having established a network of Lokmanya initiatives across 4 states, we are committed to increase our reach and create a self-sustainable model of economic and social development for the Lok of India, and empower them to contribute to nation building.

Board of Directors

Shri. Kiran D Thakur

Founder & Chairman

Mr. Ajit A. Garagatti

Vice Chairman

Mr. Prasad K Thakur

Director

Mr. Gajanan Dhamanekar

Director

Mr. Pandhari P Parab

Director

Mr. Subodh S. Gawade

Director

Dr. Damodar P Wagle

Director

Mr. Prabhakar N. Patkar

Director

Mr. Vithal S. Prabhu

Director

Ms. Sai K. Thakur-Bijlani

Director

Mr. Shevantilal C. Shah

Director

Ms. Gayatri B. Kakatkar

Director

Key Personnel

Mr. Abhijit A. Dixit

Chief Executive Officer

C.A. Veersingh N. Bhonsle

Chief Financial Officer

Shri. Vinayak K. Jadhav

Co-ordinator

Shri. Sunil H. Mutagekar

Group Head, IT and Communication

Col.(Retd) Deepak Kumar Gurung

Chief Security Officer

Regional Heads

Shri Sushil S. Jadhav

Zonal Manager, PUNE

Shri M. N. Kulkarni

Regional Manager, BELGAUM

Shri Kumar Priolkar

Zonal Manager, MAPUSA

Shri Suhas Khandeparkar

Regional Manager, MARGAO

Shri Dilip Patil

Regional Manager, KOLHAPUR

Shri Sudatta Pathak

Regional Manager, SANGLI

Shri Anand Samant

Regional Manager, SAWANTWADI

Shri Prakash Chitodkar

Regional Manager, NASHIK

Shri Ramesh Shirsat

Regional Manager, MUMBAI

Mr. Niteen Sinkar

Regional Manager, RATNAGIRI

Lokkalp Foundation

Corporate Social Responsibility

Lok Kalp Foundation is a corporate social responsibility (CSR) program by Lokmanya Multipurpose Cooperative Society Limited. It is an initiative by Shri Kiran D Thakur, founder chairman Lokmanya Society , Editor & Chief of Tarun Bharat Daily Belgaum, to create lasting changes in the lives of the people of the villages. Under CSR activity, in 2013, Lokmanya society adopted 32 villages near the Kanakumbi and Jamboti areas which are situated in thick forests, under the banner, Lokmanya Gav Dattak Yojana.

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