Monday, 29 November, 2021

Call for strengthening cooperative movement

RANGPUR: Speakers at a discussion on Saturday stressed on further strengthening multipurpose cooperatives activities to enhance productivity in all sectors for improving economic conditions of rural people.

They viewed this at the discussion organised by Divisional Cooperatives Office at Town Hall in observance of the 50th National Cooperative Day-2021 with the theme ‘Philosophy of Bangabandhu, Development in Cooperatives’ in the city.

Divisional Commissioner Md Abdul Wahab Bhuiyan jointly with Joint Registrar of Divisional Cooperatives Office Md Mokhlesur Rahman launched observance of the day there after leading a rally by hoisting the national flag and cooperative flag.

Officials and employees and activists of different cooperative organisations, political leaders, civil society members and local elite participated in the events abiding by the health directives in the wake of the corona pandemic, reports BSS.

The Divisional Commissioner attended the discussion as the chief guest with Additional Deputy Commissioner (General) Md Golam Rabbani in the chair.

Deputy Inspector General for Rangpur Range Police Devdas Bhattacharya, Rangpur Metropolitan Police Commissioner Abdul Alim Mahmud and Chairman of the Central Cooperatives Bank Limited, Rangpur Tushar Kanti Mandal addressed as special guests.

Principal of Cooperative Training Institute, Rangpur Shahinur Islam delivered welcome speech narrating successes achieved by rural people through multipurpose cooperative activities in developing human resources to increase productivity.

“Because of strengthening cooperative activities, good governance has been established in cooperative organisations assisting rural people in achieving self-reliance through self-employment, small-scale enterprises, handicrafts and cottage industries,” he said.

The DIG stressed on enchaining disbursement of cooperative loans among rural poor to enhance productivity and achieve all targets of the sustainable development goals (SDGs) for ensuring inclusive development of all people.

Alim Mahmud called for expanding opportunities to ensure skill enhancement training for unemployed rural youths through cooperative societies to turn them into human resources for alleviating poverty through income generating activities.

The chief guest stressed on bringing unemployed youths, small and marginal farmers, entrepreneurs and the poor under multisectoral cooperative schemes to eliminate poverty from rural areas to build a developed Bangladesh.

Later, he distributed crests among 13 cooperative societies, including three each at the divisional and district levels and seven at upazila level, for providing maximum cooperative development fund (CDF).