Co-ops build 24 lakh houses

Housing society in the name of Sir M Visvesvaraya to be set up in Cballapur

spirit of co-operation: Director of District Cooperative Union T N Narasimha Raju speaking at a programme organised as part of 56th All India Cooperation Week in Kolar on Tuesday. dh photo

Speaking after inaugurating a function held as part of 56th All India Co-Operative Week here on Tuesday, she said till 2009, co-operative societies have obtained nearly Rs 10,159 crore loan for various organisations towards construction of houses. The co-operative societies have also disbursed a sum of Rs 10,709 loan for the purpose, she said.

District Co-operative Union Mallur Shivanna, speaking on the occasion said, a Co-operative Housing Society will be opened in the name of Sir MV to facilitate construction of houses under the co-operative scheme in the district.

He said that adopting principles of co-operation is necessary in order to protect the farmers from exploitation by the capitalists.

Sir M V High School retired headmaster Shivashankaramurthy, speaking on the occasion, attributed the failure in achieving progress in the past 50 years after the country got independence, to neglecting the principles of co-operation.

APMC President Angalagurki Chandrashekhar, speaking on the occasion, called upon the political parties to support development of co-operative spirit in the district.
District Co-operative Union Director C P Narayanaswamy, APMC Vice-President Mohan Murali, leaders Ravi, Laxmanappa, Sujatamma, Chikkaramaiah and APMC Secretary Puttaraju were present on the occasion.

Meanwhile, speaking after inaugurating a similar function in Kolar on Tuesday, District Co-operative Federation Director T N Narasimharaju said, co-operative organisations should strive for the comprehensive development of villages.

Principles of co-operation should be propagated in rural areas also to facilitate rural development, he added.

District Co-operative Bank Managing Director Shashidhar Ele explained the objectives of observing co-operative Week.

Federation Director S R Rudraswamy, Taluk Housing Co-operative Society Director N Nataraj, S Nanjundappa, P Nandishkumar, Manjula Shankar, K V Ashwathnarayana and Co-operative Society’s Assistant Registrar B P Linganna were present on the occasion.

However, there was poor response for the programme from the members of the co-operative societies.

Women’s participation

Inaugurating a function to observe Cooperation Week in Chintamani, former president of District Cooperative Union, Narayanappa called upon women to take part in the cooperative movement by realising the importance of the principles of cooperation.

Women have been playing crucial role in Milk Producers Cooperative Societies in rural parts. They should shoulder similar responsibilities in Sericulture and Agriculture cooperative bodies as well, he noted. Narayanappa requested the borrowers of cooperative societies to repay the loans well-in-time and thus contribute for the progress of the institution.

President of Taluk Agricultural Produces Cooperative Marketing Society Ravindra Gowda opined that drifting away from cooperative principles was the root cause for collapse of cooperative bodies. Competitive representatives should be elected to cooperative institutions, who in turn would strive hard to redress the problems.
Except milk producers coops, the rest of the cooperative units in Kolar and Chikkaballapur districts are in pathetic state. The leaders are not evincing interest to set up processing units in the district.

Processing unit

The efforts by Srinivasapur Mango Growers to set up a pulp processing unit is yet be fructify, lamented APMC director Nanjundegowda. Tomato is being grown in abundance in Chintamani taluk and farmers are often suffering loss due to price crash. A processing unit is therefore need of the hour and the government should take immediate steps to set up a processing unit in Chintamani, he demanded.

Taluk Panchayat president Manjunath, Cooperative Union president Mallur Shivanna, Agriculture Produce Marketing Committee vice-president Shankarappa and others were present.

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