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Himachal to strengthen cooperative movement

Jaisinghpur (KANGRA): Himachal Government was motivating constitution of hydro electric cooperatives to inculcate the spirit of entrepreneurship among educated unemployed youth and cooperative movement to be strengthened further through employment oriented cooperative education and training. This was stated by Prem Kumar Dhumal, Chief Minister, while addressing a mammoth gathering of the co-operators and public in general at Haled village, in Jaisinghpur sub-division of district Kangra, to launch the 57th Cooperative Week celebration in the State, after he laid the foundation stone of Government Degree College, Jaisinghpur, estimated to cost Rs. 5.50 crore, today.  He underlined the need for moral and ethical education of the co-operators by carrying self audit and monitoring by higher authorities periodically.  He said that the State Government would be awarding result oriented performing cooperative society and punish the others for non-performance.  He said that 508 more posts had been sanctioned for HP State Cooperative Bank and Kangra Central Cooperative Bank under new staffing pattern approved by the State Government to bring about efficiency in the functioning of the banks by increasing the strength from 3,726 to 4,234.  He also announced enhancement of dividend from 12 to 25 percent in all co-operators.

CM said that in the changing global scenario and to meet the forthcoming challenges,  cooperative movement needed to compete in the open global markets by producing quality products though dedication and devotion.  He said that the cooperatives also needed to bring about qualitative improvement in the cooperative functioning.  He said that the State had successfully completed the first phase by implementation of integrated cooperative development projects through National Cooperative Development Corporation.  He said that the State Government had decided to launch the second phase of the campaign from three districts i.e. Sirmour, Hamirpur and Bilaspur by earmarking Rs. 35.47 crore for spending over the same.  He said that three more districts of Kangra, Shimla and Kullu would also be brought under the fold of the campaign in next phase.  He said that with a view socio-economic empowerment of the weaker sections of the society, especially women empowerment, the State Government was constituting voluntary organisations through state cooperative banks.  He said that out of 15,541 cooperative groups 75 percent were women groups.

Prof. Dhumal said that the State Government had implemented the recommendations of Vaidyanathan Committee and the matter of signing of MOU between Government of India, NABARD and State Government was under the active consideration of the Government of India which would benefit the  cooperatives with autonomy and self reliance and benefit them through funding the cumulative losses and computerization etc. to the tune of Rs. 70 crore.   He said that the State Government had given momentum to the cooperative movement in different sectors since the First Five Year Plan when the State had only 843 cooperative societies with membership of 25 thousand while the Stae had 4,489 cooperatives with 13.89 lakh membership having share capital of Rs. 210.10 crore and securities worth Rs. 9059.39 crore.  He said the existing cooperatives had working capital of Rs. 11,947.83 crore and disbursed short term agricultural and social welfare loans worth Rs. 402.05 crore and long term loans wroth Rs. 49.79 crore for agriculture and non-agriculture activities. He said that additionally the State Government was providing essential commodities, consumer goods, under PDS system, worth Rs. 547.23 crore  besides fertilizers, seed and pesticides etc. worth Rs. 43.10 crore.  He said that the State Government had ensured minimum price to the produce of the farmers and horticulturists in the market and spent Rs. 54.34 crore over the same.

CM said that the state government had carried development activities by rising above all political considerations and narrow mindedness. He said that the local degree college had been named after late Kanwar Durga Chand and similarly the polytechnic college in the segment had also been named after late Kanwar. He directed the Public Works authorities to complete college building in coming 18 months.    He said that  the State Government was spending above 17 percent. Rs. 2567 crore,   of its budgetary provisions on education.  He directed the education department to give preference to local cultural heritage promotion in their various programmes students had been presenting on different occasions., in addition to the stories of the warriors hailing from the State.

CM awarded Trophy as First Prize to Talai Gram Seva Sahkari Sabha of village Talai, Tehsil Jhanduta in district Bilaspur; Second Prize toThe Deol Gram seva Sahkari Sabha, Padyalag, in Tehsil Jhanduta in district Bilaspur and Third Prize to Kot CAS, Dohgi-Bangana in district Una.  He also awarded trophies to the other cooperative societies which had made distinctive achievements in the cooperative sector.

CM also listened to the public grievances after the function.

Kanwar Durga Chand Memorial Government Degree College teachers and staff also presented a draft of Rs. 25,000 while Shri Onkar Singh, also presented a draft of Rs, 5100 towards CM Relief Fund.

Ravinder Ravi, IPH Minister and local MLA, welcomed the CM and other dignitaries to his home segment and thanked for launched Cooperative Week from remote village of Haled.  He also thanked for laying foundation stone of the local degree college which was a long pending demand of the local people.  He thanked CM for sanctioning Rs. 93.06 crore for road, bridges and buildings in his home segments during past 32 months.  He said that thanked for revolutionizing the education sector, especially vocational education,  by upgrading the infrastructural facilities in remote areas of his segment.  He thanked CM for launching of Bhed Palak, Pandit Deen Dayal Kisaan Baagwan Samridhi Yojna, Doodh Ganga Yojna and Atal Swasthya Yojna in the State.  He detailed other developmental and social welfare activities being undertaken by the State Government.   He also presented a draft of Rs. 51,000 as contribution towards the CM Relief Fund on the occasion.

Chander Mohan Thakur, Chairman, HP StateCooeprative Bank, said that the Bank would soon be starting ATM facilities to its customers through different banking institutions at the national level. He said that the bank had all its 190 branches computerised and was carrying transaction of over Rs. 6,000 crore.

Karnail Singh Rana, Chairman, HIMCOFED, welcomed the Chief Minister and other dignitaries assembled in the remote village Haled and said that it was proud moment to the cooperators of Himachal Pradesh  since the first cooperative society was registered at village Panjawar in district Una by late Miyan HIra Singh in 1892.  He said that 787 camps had been organised to sensitize the cooperators and secretaries of 30 progressive societies made resource persons.  He assured the CM that the cooperative movement would be strengthened further with more such activities to be organised in coming days.  He also presented a draft of Rs. 11,000 towards CM Relief Fund.K.K.Kaushal, former MLA and Director of BOD, State Cooperative Bank and Shri Des Raj Sharma, Chairman, Cooperative Employees Union, Hamirpur also addressed the function and lauded government’s initiatives towards strengthening the cooperative movement in the state.

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