‘Revival of cooperatives can improve rural economy’

RAJOURI: Minister for Cooperatives and Ladakh Affairs, Chering Dorjay and Minister for Animal, Sheep Husbandry and Fisheries, Abdul Gani Kohli inaugurated a Cooperative Awareness Camp organised by the Cooperative Department here on Wednesday at Kalakote. According to an official handout, Dorjay said the government was committed to revive cooperative societies in the state, adding that the elections to cooperative societies conducted recently would help to “strengthen the cooperative movement in the state”.
The minister asked the concerned to form dairy, poultry and fisheries cooperative societies as these sectors had great potential to generate employment and cater to the demands of general public.
Dorjay asked the cooperative department to organise similar camps in other parts, including hilly and remote areas of the state, so that maximum people can take advantage of welfare schemes.
He said, “Awareness programmes will enhance the information regarding the centrally sponsored schemes and other welfare schemes meant for weaker sections of the society.” He said promotion of cooperative units was the only way to boost economy in rural areas, the handout read.
Minister for Animal and Sheep Husbandry, Abdul Gani Kohli said that strengthening and revival of cooperative societies would “prove a game changer for rural economy”.
Referring to democratic and voluntary character of cooperative institutions, Kohli asked the people to “engage in cooperative model of production to become economically self-reliant” through the mantra of helping each other to help themselves, it further read.
Appreciating the department for holding the camp in Kalakote, the minister said that the aim of organising such camps is to aware general masses about the programmes of the government.
He appealed the people to “come forward and register” themselves “with cooperative societies to avail benefits of various schemes” launched by the state and centre governments to promote cooperative production.
He asked the organisers to “work with utmost dedication and achieve the targets and ensure that the benefits of welfare schemes reach to maximum lot”. Kohli also called for organising similar camps in other hilly and remote areas of Kalakote Constituency, the handout added.