KOHIMA, NOVEMBER 20: Industries alone cannot lift the economy of the State and country but every sector has to play its role while cooperative societies can be a major player, said Kohima Deputy Commissioner, Kumar Ramnikanth.
Speaking at the culmination programme of the 70th All India Cooperative Week on the theme “Role of Cooperatives in making India a $ 5 Trillion economy & SDG” at Red Cross Conference Hall here today, he said Nagaland does not have major industries while Nagas in general are not industrialist but the Unique Selling Product (USP) of the State is hospitality, tourism industry and Agri & allied products.
In this situation, cooperative societies can play a major role, he said.
Nonetheless, Nagaland has just around 8000 cooperative societies which means the potential of the State is yet to be achieved and therefore we need to work hard without being demotivated.
Observing that Naga people tend to copy what others are already doing or start a cooperative society just to get funds from the Government, he said there is no limit to what the cooperative society can achieve but the need is to be sustainable in their approach.
Maintaining that Nagaland is known for the organic produce, he said the State can be a leader in it.
“We have to tap the organic market to show the outside world the potential of the State and cooperative societies have to play a major role in it”, he said.
He also called upon the cooperative societies not to work in silos as it would only limit the output but they have to come together and grow together.
The cooperative societies must cooperate together to achieve something bigger, he said.
“We have to come out of the comfort level or the ‘hoejabo’ attitude and think of contributing to uplift the State’s economy”, he said while calling upon the cooperative societies to work towards taking the State to higher and higher levels of economic goals.
He also encouraged the banks to inform the societies about the available schemes for the cooperative societies and also the agri & allied sector to hand-hold them.
Deputy Registrar of Cooperative Societies (DRCS), Kohima, Rokovisa Chase said cooperative week is observed throughout the Nation once at the end of year to see the progress, success and failures of the cooperative societies.
He informed that the Central Government is giving emphasis in the cooperative sector realizing that the economy of the country can improve through it for which a new Ministry has been formed and the impact is becoming bigger.
Informing that there are 27 schemes for the cooperative societies specifically relevant to Nagaland, he said the Department is ever ready to facilitate the cooperative societies towards the Departments where the schemes can be availed.
During the technical session, Executive Assistant (M&E) Food Processing Section, Department of Industries & Commerce, Keren Swu dwelled on the schemes & programmes of Ministry of Food Processing Industries; Sector Manager Nagaland State Cooperative Bank, Luidi Zeliang touched on programmes and schemes for cooperative societies under banking sector and Managing Director of Zynorique Initiative, Agri Production & Marketing Cooperative Society, Kohima, Richard Belho spoke on constraints, problems and potentials of marketing in the context of Nagaland and way forward.
Chaired by SRCS, Kohima, Ameno Nisa the programme commenced with prayer by the President of Japfuphiki Women Livelihood & Credit Cooperative Society Ltd. Menguno Koso while SRCS, Tseminyu, Tesenmo Thong tendered the vote of thanks.
(Page News Service)