KOHIMA, JANUARY 21: Two customized bus with a seating capacity for 17 passengers and sufficient cargo space for carrying essential commodities along with livestock for marketing purpose were handed over to the integrated Multi-Purpose Cooperative Society (MPCS) Ltd of Pang village in Tuensang and Tamlu Village in Longleng by the Department of Cooperation, Government of Nagaland at the Registrar of Cooperative Societies Office premise at Kohima on January 21.
Assistant Registrar of Cooperative Societies (ARCS), Imsunungsang said the department strted an initiative of registering “One Village One Society” by enrolling one member from each household in the village with the objective to alleviate the economic conditions of the people living in rural areas.
During the formulation of the Integrated Cooperative Project (ICDP), the “Market on Wheel” conceptualized after the department observed that the villagers could not dispose off their products profitably and also found difficulty in mobilizing essential commodities to the market due to lack of proper transportation, he said.
Subsequently, after looking into the needs of the marginal farmers in the village, the department designed the Cooperative Marketing Bus (CMB) with focus on carrying capacity of 60% for passengers and 40% for goods, informed the ARCS.
He explained that villagers can transport all kinds of produce to the market along with medium/small livestock and that while the seating capacity of the bus is set at 17, it can be increased to 23.
ARCS also informed that the current project comes under the ICDP scheme under National Cooperative Development Corporation (NCDC) where an area development approach is adopted for development of cooperatives.
While the NCDC accorded sanction in the January, 2018 for implementation of ICDP in the districts of Kohima, Tuensang, Longleng, Kiphire and Peren for an outlay of Rs.5208.
The vehicle was built on TATA LP/410 chassis at Kamrup Construction, Guwahati, with an estimated cost of about Rs.23 Lakhs.
A representative of Pang Village, Pucho expressed his gratitude to the Department for recognizing the needs of the people living in far flung villages and working towards to alleviate their plight. (Page News Service)