Shillong: After a week-long celebration of the 67th All India Cooperative Week, the Meghalaya Cooperation Department on Friday celebrated the closing ceremony with IAS (Retired), Chairman of Meghalaya Farmers’ (Empowerment) Commission, KN Kumar, as the chief guest.
The programme aims at providing an opportunity for cooperatives to highlight their stories, project their achievements and chalk out a future action plan which can provide a direction to the growth of the cooperative moment. The theme of the programme was COVID-19 pandemic, Aatmanirbhar Bharat-Cooperation and it was celebrated at Yojna Bhavan in Shillong with IPS and Principal Secretary to the Meghalaya Government, Cooperation Department, GHP Raju giving the opening speech.
Speaking on the occasion, Kumar said that the cooperative society is very progressive. Citing an example, Kumar expressed satisfaction in seeing Dorbar Shnong (Traditional Heads) coming together during this pandemic working hand-in-hand with the Meghalaya government.
“Cooperation as a sector is involving because of the participation of traditional heads. They will have an inherent spirit, but as an institution, it does not survive. But cooperation as a spirit is overwhelming,” said Kumar.
Meanwhile, GHP Raju said that the approach of the department is a demand-driven cooperative unit. “Here the cooperation department with the help of the other departments like agriculture, animal husbandry, food processing and texture department, we are supposed to conduct a market survey, identify the product which has the maximum demand and accordingly approach the cooperative society members. This will be done to encourage them to turn to cooperative societies and necessary skills under working capital and the equipment required to produce that demanded produce is our aim and objective,” said Raju.