Sena stresses on peoples' participation for effective cooperation

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Itanagar, Nov 15 (UNI) Arunachal Pradesh Legislative Assembly Speaker Setong Sena has stressed on the need for peoples' participation to make cooperative societies more vibrant and sucessful.

Inaugurating the 50th anniversary celebrations of the co-operative movement in the state, coinciding with the 54th All India Cooperative Week, which got underway yesterday at Naharlagun, Mr Sena called for capacity building of co-operative members and officials for the success of the co-operative movement and added that the gains should percolate down to the needy sections.

Dwelling on various aspects of the co-operative sector, the Speaker called for more pro-active initiatives to create awareness among the population so that the benefit of the co-operative movement reached the grassroots level.

''The co-operative unions at the state and districts level are functioning to bring awareness among people about the co-operative movement,'' Mr Sena said and called for the need for such unions at block levels of the state which, he said, could be set up in a phased manner for ushering in the co-operative movement at the grassroots level.

Earlier, state Cooperation Minister Lambo Tayeng highlighted the objective of the co-operative movement, saying that it was started for the socio-economic benefit of the weaker sections.

Speaking on the efforts of the state government under the leadership of Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu in the co-operative sector, he dwelt on the revival of the sick Cooperative Apex Bank and the recent government decision to hand over management of Public Distribution System (PDS) items to the co-operative sector.

Stressing the need to restore the confidence of the common people in the co-operative sector, he urged the Co-operation department officials to execute the vision of the Chief Minister for a vibrant and successful co-operative movement in the state.

Mr Tayeng also assured to actively take up the matter of appointing the department cadre officers and head of the department as suggested by senior co-operators in the Cabinet and with the Chief Minister.

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