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14 November 2019

Press Release No. 526/19


The 66th All India Cooperative Week kickstarted today the 14th November, 2019 across the country on the main theme ‘Role of Cooperatives in New India’ with an aim to generate cooperative awareness among the masses. The plan of the celebration is to highlight the successes and achievements of the cooperative movement and also chalk out the future strategies for strengthening the cooperative movement in the country. In Meghalaya, the week-long celebration kickstarted in East Khasi Hills on the theme ‘Innovation through Rural Cooperatives’ at Anton Hall, Shillong wherein the Commissioner & Secretary, Cooperation, Dr. D Vijay Kumar was the Chief Guest. The celebration was organised by the Department of Cooperation, Government of Meghalaya, office of the Registrar of Cooperative Societies, Meghalaya, Meghalaya Cooperative Apex Bank Ltd, Shillong in collaboration with all the State Level Cooperative Federations.

In his inaugural speech, Dr. Kumar said that cooperatives are the major economic force of the country. He said that Cooperative Movement is strong in Meghalaya because of a cohesive community that can work together and develop a strong bond for cooperative spirit. Being a small department, Cooperation lack centrally sponsored schemes which have hindered the progress and visibility. Inspite of the challenges, the department has managed to brace itself to contribute towards nation development. Stating that the Government of India has set a goal to usher in a New India through cooperative societies by doubling the economy in 5 years, he said that we need to reinforce the existing ones and built new societies to drive the cooperative engine forward because cooperative societies has the power to realise this goal. Vijay Kumar laid emphasis on the three mechanisms that can boost the economy of the State and the country, ie, credit cooperative, marketing cooperative and tourism cooperatives. He said that the strengthening of these three sectors can tackle the employment problem we face today. These mechanisms needs to be strengthened and urged the co-operators and members of societies to help each other and promote their cooperatives to attain greater heights, he said. As part of the celebration, the Meghalaya Cooperative Apex Bank Ltd donated an ambulance to the New Hope De-addiction cum Counselling Centre, a project of the KJP Assembly Social Economic Life Development Association (SELDA).

As part of the celebration, the Meghalaya Cooperative Apex Bank Ltd donated an ambulance to the New Hope De-addiction cum Counselling Centre, a project of the KJP Assembly Social Economic Life Development Association (SELDA). Cooperative Societies of the State were also felicitated during the celebration in recognition to their achievements in promoting their products. These include Cooperative Milk Union Limited of Shillong, East Khasi Hills, Urlong Tea Integrated Village Cooperative Society Mawlyngngot, Cooperative Societies from Laitjem, Phulbari and Mookyndeng. Meghalaya Cooperative Apex Bank Ltd was also felicitated for being included in the Second Schedule of the Reserve Bank of India Act, 1934. Others who spoke on the occasion were Y K Rao, General Manager, NABARD, Meghalaya and Chairman MCAB, Shri M Syiem.

Press Release No. 528/19


The Executive Director, Meghalaya State Skill Development Society, Labour Department Government of Meghalaya has invited interested and eligible candidates from Khasi, Jaintia and Garo Hills to apply for the Mahatma Gandhi National Fellowship (MNGF) programme at IIM Bangalore funded by the Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship (MSDE) Government of India. Candidates should be a graduate in any discipline from recognized University and should be between the age group of 21-30 years. Candidates can apply online at on or before 20th November, 2019.

Press Release No. 531/19


Meghalaya Health and Family Welfare Minister, Shri A. L. Hek today inaugurated the State Medical Guest House at Health Complex, Laitumkhrah, Shillong in the presence of Shri Fantin Joseph Lakadong, MDC, Malki - Laitumkhrah, Shri James Ban Basaiawmoit, Co-Chairman, Meghalaya Health Advisory Board, Dr. A. Warr, DHS (MI), Dr. L. M. Pdah, DHS (MCH&FW), Dr. N. Wanswet, DHS (R) among others. In his brief inaugural speech, Shri Hek said that the State Medical Guest House will provide accommodation for outstation doctors, staff and health officials coming from different parts of the State for official works. Shri Hek also lauded the doctors, nurses and health officials who are rendering invaluable healthcare services across the State. It may be mentioned that the State Medical Guest house with 12 rooms constructed at a total cost of Rs.81,04,698/-

Press Release No. 533/19


Chief Minister, Shri Conrad K Sangma released a book titled 'Women and Development' at a function held at North East India Chrustian Council Office today. The book brought out by Union Christisn College and P A Sangma Foundation is dedicated to the memory of Late P A Sangma, Former Speaker, Lok Sabha and Former Chief Minister, Meghalaya.

Speaking during the occasion, Chief Minister, Conrad K Sangma said documentation on programmes and addressing the issues arising out of the seminars and programmes is very important. He also added that women should play a much larger participatory role in the economy and development of the State and the country. He further stated that the book will help many policy makers, researchers and students.

It may be mentioned here that the book is a compilation of seminar papers that was held on Women and Development which had discussed twenty five papers/topics during the seminar.

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