Workshop on cooperative society held

RONO HILLS, Jun 7: Over 80 students, scholars and faculty members participated in a ‘national-level workshop on cooperative society’, organized by the Rajiv Gandhi University Research Scholars’ Forum (RGURSF) here on Thursday.
Sponsored by the Arunachal Pradesh State Cooperative Union, the workshop was aimed at promoting cooperative societies as one of the best means for socioeconomic and entrepreneurship development of women and educated unemployed youths.
Addressing the workshop, Arunachal Pradesh State Cooperative Apex Bank Managing Director Tsering Thongdok said the cooperative society movement in the state is gaining momentum with the introduction of various pro-poor and youth-oriented schemes like Deen Dayal Upadhyay Bunker Yojna and the CM’s Paryatan Vikas Yojana (CMPVY).
“However,” he said, “even though the state has more than 800 primary cooperative societies registered under the Arunachal Pradesh Cooperative Societies Act, and five state level cooperative societies, the products from all these societies are yet to reach their highest standards.”
Thongdok informed that the Apex Bank will introduce 200 micro-ATMs in the uncovered villages to provide banking services at the doorsteps of the people.
“The bank has also procured a mobile ATM van with the support of NABARD in order to provide banking services at the doorsteps of the people,” he said.
RGU Professor Otem Padung made a PowerPoint presentation on the benefits of cooperative societies, and said self-employment ventures through cooperative societies could address the state’s growing unemployment problem.
Among others, Cooperative Societies Deputy Registrar Michi Gumbo participated in the workshop as a resource person.