ITANAGAR, Nov 14 – Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Nabam Tuki today advocated formation of cooperative societies in every village of the State for creating employment.
“Cooperative societies are essentially for profit-making ventures that can create gainful employment. I would therefore suggest that cooperative societies must be formed in every village,” Tuki said while inaugurating the 59th All India Cooperative Week celebration at Polo Park, Naharlagun.
The week-long celebration coincides with the International Year of Cooperatives, 2012 declared by the United Nations and is being organised by the Arunachal Pradesh State Cooperative Union.
Tuki recalled the golden days of the cooperative society during the NEFA days when most of the essential commodities were supplied by the public distribution system (PDS) run by the cooperatives or large-sized multipurpose cooperative societies.
“Those were the days when essential commodities reached remote and far-off places of the State on time and in sufficient quantity,” he said and beckoned the cooperative society to regain its lost glory.
Tuki pointed out that the department of Cooperation and the State Cooperative Union had a major role to play in making the State self-reliant.
Reiterating the Government’s commitment to eradicate unemployment, he said self-employment avenues can be created through economically viable ventures only with the help of cooperative societies.
As Arunachal Pradesh is completely an agrarian society with over 75 per cent people depending on agri-horti sector, Tuki said his Government has attached topmost priority to the sector to empower the masses. “Animal husbandry, dairy and poultry sector in Arunachal Pradesh play special role in uplift of the rural economy. In the background of huge market demand for milk, meat and egg, this sector requires special attention,” he suggested. – PTI