Shillong, November 21: The 64th All India Cooperative Week Celebrations in Meghalaya with the theme, “Empowering People Through Digitalization of Cooperatives” concluded yesterday at Williamnagar Government College Playground, Williamnagar with School Education and Literacy Minister Deborah C Marak as the Chief Guest.
Closing the week-long celebrations, the Minister urged the womenfolk to strengthen their cooperative societies by way of convergence. She also spoke at length about ways and means of nurturing the cooperative societies and stressed on the need to improve the rural banking facilities in order to facilitate rural people and their cooperative societies. Dwelling on the theme, she also highlighted how “Amul”, an Indian dairy cooperative based at Anand in Gujarat has come into being from a humble beginning with its founder Verghese Kurien.
Denang T Sangma, former Chief Executive Member of Garo Hills Autonomous District Council (GHADC), urged the people to avail the opportunities being provided by the Government under the cooperation department for uplifting the economy and the standard of living of their own.
Earlier in the function, the Registrar of Cooperative Societies, Dr BDR Tiwari, delivered the welcome address and spoke at length dwelling on the cooperative movement in India.
The closing ceremony cum mini exhibition witnessed the participation of many entrepreneurs from all the districts of Garo Hills. The celebration of the week was inaugurated at Sajer Hall in Nongpoh, Ri-Bhoi District on November 14, 2017.