While addressing a function organized on the occasion of the 67th All India Cooperative Week at Hotel Holiday Home in Shimla on Wednesday, State Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur said there is need to make the cooperative movement a mass movement because it has a vast potential for creating employment and self-employment.
Thakur said the movement should be promoted at the grassroots level to benefit the rural population. There are currently 4843 co-ops in Himachal Pradesh with more than 17.35 lakh members connected with them. The share capital of members in the societies is Rs 38,677 crore.
He said that states like Gujarat and Maharashtra have done remarkable work through the cooperative sector and we should study their model and follow it. Cooperatives have played a commendable role during the corona crisis, he added.
On the occasion Cooperative Minister Suresh Bhardwaj HIMFED Chairman Ganesh Dutt, Jogindra Central Cooperative Bank Chairman Yogesh, HIMCO Director Hari Vallabh, Cooperative Secretary Akshay Sood and others were present.