Friday, 2 December, 2022

‘Successful cooperatives needed to eradicate curse of poverty’

RAJSHAHI: Speakers at a programme on Saturday said successful cooperatives can be the best way of improving living and livelihood conditions of people everywhere in the society both in urban and rural areas, reports BSS.

Utmost emphasis should be given on infusing dynamism into the cooperative activities as it's very much effective towards freeing the nation from the curse of poverty and hunger, they said. 

Administrative officials and others concerned came up with the observation while addressing a post-rally discussion here on Saturday calling for finding effective ways and means to attain strength and prosperity in every sphere of national life and for making the cooperatives movement a total success.

Divisional and district administrations and Department of Cooperatives jointly organised the discussion at Shilpakala Academy Auditorium in the city to mark the 51st National Cooperatives Day-2022.

The theme of the day this year is 'Philosophy of Bangabandhu, Development in Cooperatives'.

Commissioner of Rajshahi division GSM Zafarullah addressed the discussion as chief guest, while Deputy Commissioner Abdul Jalil was in the chair.

Additional Deputy Inspector General of Police Rashdul Hassan and Additional Commissioner of Rajshahi Metropolitan Police Bijoy Basak spoke as special guests, while Joint-registrar of the department of cooperatives Abdul Mazid welcomed the participants.

District Cooperatives Officer Saidur Rahman and two cooperative leaders Mijanur Rahman and Ayesha Islam also spoke.

Commissioner Zafarullah stressed the need for strengthening the cooperatives movement everywhere in the society, mentioning that cooperatives can play a big role in the country's development.

He added that if the cooperatives' movement can be carried out properly, then the country will develop faster to materialise the spirit of the War of Liberation and ensure social security.

The chief guest also emphasized the importance of training youths to be good human resources to potentially end unemployment in the region.

He, however, said rural people have started reaping enormous benefits from cooperative activities to enhance productivity in every sector to cut poverty and achieve self-reliance.

On the occasion, some of the cooperative men and women were given prizes for their laudable contribution in the field of promoting cooperatives.

The discussion was followed by cultural functions performed by local artists.