Dimapur, July 3 (MExN): A Nagaland state team of the Sahakar Bharati — a pan India organization of Co-operators and Cooperatives was formed during a program on July 2 at Hotel Saramati, Dimapur.
According to a press release received here on Sunday, the team will be led by Thepfusatao Rio as President, Anand Mishra as General Secretary, Narottam Jha as Treasurer, along with Rishav Sethi and Maihamdi Longmailai as Members.
The program was attended by Prashant Kumar Bbujarbarua, National Vice President, Sahakar Bharati; Bharat Kumar, Zonal Organizational Secretary, North East Zone, Sahakar Bharati; and Dibyak das Sarkar, National Executive Member, Sahakar Bharati.
Giving a brief introduction about Sahakar Bharati and its functions, the release stated that it is the only pan India organization of Co-operators and Cooperatives that envisages creating, both in rural and urban area, a strong and devoted cadre of selfless Co-operators and a chain of Cooperatives which would spread the knowledge of the Cooperative Movement. It maintained that the movement in the present circumstances can only act as the ‘savior’ for the upliftment of small farmers, landless laborers, Vanwasis, women, SHGs and JLGs, rural craftsman and technicians, jobless youth from the middle and lower income groups.
Stating that the cooperative movement in India should be built as one of the primary instruments of decentralized and labor intensive economy for speedy, balanced, equitable and sustainable growth, the release highlighted the pressing need to enlighten the masses about the benefits of the Cooperative Movement.
Towards this, it said that organizing training camps, lecture series, seminars, conferences, etc., was necessary to empower the masses to build self-sustaining and self-reliant cooperative institutions.
“Sahakar Bharati is committed to keep cooperative institutions autonomous and insulate them from external control and political interference. With this end in view, Sahakar Bharati will strive for amendments to State and Central Cooperative Acts in line with the 97th Constitutional Amendment, ”the release stated.
The release further highlighted some of the aims and objectives which included opening branches and enlightening the masses about the Cooperative Movement and Sahakar Bharati; to encourage people at national, state, district, taluka and village levels to promote, form and run a variety of need based Cooperatives of various types as well as providing advisory services in Techno-Economic areas to overcome their operational issues.
It also said that it aimed to represent matters to State and Central Governments, RBI, NABARD, NHB, CBDT, NITI Aayog and other Institutions at state and national levels relating to promotion, training and working of the Cooperatives, along with undertaking research, study and surveys in various fields, especially related to cooperative, social, economic sectors
Along with this, it also said its ‘no-profit basis’ activities would include publishing, printing and circulation of papers, articles, periodicals, magazines, reports, books, etc., to further the objectives of the Cooperative Movement, alongside producing films , photographs, posters, etc., and arranging their exhibition. The Sahakar Bharati will also establish educational and training institutions to empower all those associated with social, economic and cooperative fields, in various disciplines as per their needs and raise funds in order to help individuals, institutions carrying out activities similar to those of the Sahakar Bharati , it said.