Strengthening cooperative movement is mission: Nalo

By A O News Service

POLO COLONY | May 24 | “Strengthening cooperative movement in this land-locked state would be my mission during my five-year tenure,” announced Sushil Nalo immediately after his election as chairman of Arunachal Pradesh State Cooperative Union (APSCU) here today.

The board of directors with Ribi Rime as vice chairman, Mulluku Tacho and Manti Aprawe as members would help in accomplish the mission to benefit the poor and needy people living in far-fling and inaccessible parts of this Himalayan state, he said.

The 30th annual general body meeting-cum-election of the APSCU with joint RCS B Gameng as returning officer saw huge participation of cooperators from across the state.

The cooperative movement in the state begun in NEFA days in 1957 with opening of Central Purchase Organization (CPO), now known as the public distribution system (PDS) but was very effective with airdropping of essentials to be sold at: rice-Rs. 1.67 paisa, atta-80 paisa, salt-60 paisa, tea-Rs.4, mustered oil-Rs. 4.75 paisa, Amul Sprey-Rs. 18 per kg respectively and Lifebuoy soap-40 paisa per piece.

The rates have gone up may be by almost 1000 times higher now, but the PDS still functions as a boon, particularly for those living in areas totally delinked by road and air connectivity as if independence is yet to yield any benefit for them. If the people of Damin in Upper Suabansiri district still go to Tibet crossing snow-few Mountain for barter trade for their survival, if cement is sold at Rs 8,500 per bag and salt Rs 150 for kg at Vijoynagar and at Singla (Upper Siang) even 72 years of independence, does it not mean they are yet to be part of so called development process?

It was former Ziro Multi-purpose Cooperative Society manager B K Gosh Dastidar, who once had explained the relevance of PDS, but left for heavenly abode after serving this state for 52 years.

Former chief minister Dorjee Khandu was constantly monitoring  the PDS and cancelled licenses of by 14 fair price shops (FPS) and showcaused 57 FPS licensees of Kurung Kumey for non-renewal to  cause revenue loss. Things have changed but for better or not for the readers to analyse.

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