Port Blair, Nov. 19: The penultimate day of 59th All India Cooperative Week – 2012 was observed as ‘Cooperative & Entrepreneurship Day’. In this connection, a seminar was organized by the Andaman & Nicobar State Cooperative Union in the premises of Panchayat Hall, Brindavan, South Andaman on 19th November 2012 at 10 AM – which was graced by Mohanmmed Shafique, Pramukh, Panchayt Samiti, Ferrargunj, South Andaman Ms. V.K. Mariyam Bibi, Member and Ex – Adhyaksha, Zilla Parishad, South Andaman was present in the Seminar as Special Guest.

Welcoming the gathering, Shri Ram Lall, General Secretary, Andaman & Nicobar State Cooperative Union Highlighted on the programmes organized in connection with the 59th All India Coop. Week – 2012 during the last 5 (five) days in different places of South Andaman. He said that cooperative movement, though in slow pace, has gained momentum in these Islands gradually. Cooperative societies in different sectors like consumers, fisheries etc. are doing commendable jobs in these Islands. Since Cooperative movement is a movement of mass, every person should come forward to make this movement a grand success, he said.

In his brief Speech the Chief Guest Mohammed Shafique, Pramukh, Panchayat Samiti, Ferrargunj, South Andaman applauded the efforts made by the Andaman & Nicobar State Cooperative Union under. He said that through the celebrations of Cooperative Week every year, the A&N State Cooperative union is creating good awareness among the rural people. PRIs are related, he added. He urged rural people to form maximum cooperative societies for betterment of their socio- economic condition and come under the seven – coloured cooperative Flag.

Shri S. Suresh Babu, Principal, Rajiv Gandhi Coop. Training College run and managed by the A&N State Cooperative Union in his address informed the assemblage that during the last 4-5 Years, the world saw a great fall in international economy, but it could not make any influence in cooperative sector, particularly in our country. There lies the power of cooperation, Shri Suresh Babu opined.

A cooperative society is formed with the aim to give better services to its members. But if the members’ aspirations are not fulfilled by the management of the cooperative society concerned, expected result cannot be achieved. It happens due to lack of awareness in cooperatives and its principles. He appealed that everyone forming and running cooperative societies should avail proper trainings imparted by the Rajiv Gandhi Cooperative Training College.

Ms. .Mariyam Bibi, Member and Ex-Adhyaksha, Zilla Parishad, South Andaman, addressing the gathering said that the A&N State Cooperative Union led by its Chairman Shri Kuldeep Rai Sharma has already done a good job by opening Tailoring Centres in rural areas to improve the socio- economic condition of the rural people, especially, the women folk. She said that everyone should do something positive practically for the cooperative movement of these Islands.

The programme ended with the vote of thanks proposed by Shri O.  Abdul Aziz, Director, A&N State Cooperative Union.