Nemcha highlights co-operative sector’s revival at IICTF

IMPHAL, 11th Oct: Social Welfare and Cooperation minister Nemcha Kipgen attended the inaugural ceremony of the first ever India International Cooperatives Trade Fair (IICTF), 2019 held at Pragati Maidan, New Delhi on Friday, which was held with Union minister of Agriculture & Farmers Welfare Narendra Singh Tomar as chief guest.
Briefing media persons, Nemcha Kipgen deliberated on how the cooperative sector in Manipur has been revived significantly under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi through his vision for inclusive development for all through effective cooperative movement. She claimed that the government came up with various new schemes to energise the cooperative sector in Manipur and at present, there are 10, 916 cooperative societies having 8,06,105 members in all the 16 districts of the state.
She stated that though Manipur belongs to least developed states in cooperative movement, some of the cooperative categories like handloom & handicraft, transport, dairy, agriculture, horticulture, thrift and credit, fisheries, piggery, poultry, amongst others are working at the best level.
Efforts to implement all the important schemes of the government for the welfare of the people of the state are also being taken up so that there are visible impacts in the society, she added. During the inaugural ceremony, Yuva Sahakar (Cooperative Enterprise Support and Innovation Scheme 2019) was launched. The scheme is in line with the vision of the Prime Minister’s focus on programmes like Start-up India and Stand-up India that aim to facilitate young entrepreneurs with new and innovative ideas.
Minister Nemcha Kipgen exuded confidence that once the programmes reach Manipur, it will definitely solve the problem of unemployment of youth in the state.
In the first ever IICTF-2019, Renu Handloom Cooperative Society, Mantripukhri of Imphal East district is the only cooperative society representing Manipur amongst 120 Indian cooperatives and 20 organisations from Centre/States/UTs and as many as 35 countries from six continents.
The function was also attended by Union Minister of State for Agriculture & Farmers’ Welfare Parshottam Rupala; Ministers of Cooperation from all participating states; senior officials of Ministry of Agriculture & Farmers Welfare and senior officials of Department of Cooperation of all participating states and International delegates.
Registrar of Cooperative Societies Ksh Robert Singh and officers of Cooperation Department represented the state.
It may be mentioned here that IICTF aims at taking forward Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led government’s vision and goal of promoting cooperative-to-cooperative trade within India and abroad and promoting export of key agriculture commodities and products to enhance rural and farm prosperity.
It also offers a great opportunity for the industry and business organisations from India and abroad to build alliances, business networking, product sourcing and above all, interact with the primary producers of a wide range of products and service providers.

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