No proper steps taken to market cooperative societies' produce during LF regime, says Partha
No proper steps were taken to market the product of the cooperative societies in the state during the Left Front regime, said the state Education minister Partha Chatterjee.
He was speaking at the inaugural ceremony of the Samabay Mela at Netaji Indoor Stadium on Tuesday. The initiative to organise the fair was taken up by the state Cooperation department.
Mayor and the state Fire minister Sovan Chatterjee, the state Urban development minister Firhad Hakim, the state Agriculture minister Purnendu Basu and the state agriculture marketing minister Tapan Dasgupta were also present in the programme.
"Organising such a fair is a major step and it would be of great benefit for the people involved with cooperative societies," he said, adding that it has to be taken to districts as well.
Arup Roy, the state cooperative minister said: "There are around 28,000 groups in which 9,51,535 people are involved. Thus, the initiative to organise the fair will help in promoting their products and the fair will be organised every year."
The cooperative banks, cooperative societies and some from agriculture sector have been awarded. They have been awarded Samabay Ratna, Samabay Bhusan and Samabay Shree awards.
It may be mentioned that the department had taken up a project to computerise 1,200 Samavaya Krishi Unnayan Samities (SKUs) at a cost of Rs 15 crore. The computerisation would immensely benefit the people.