Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Friday urged business cooperators to strengthen cooperatives sector by properly using the limited resources of the country.
“Our resources are limited. The corporations have to involve themselves in productive activities to strengthen the cooperative sector,” the premier said in a message on the eve of the 46th National Cooperatives Day.
Mentioning that the cooperatives have been turned into a movement due to relentless efforts of the Awami League government, the PM called upon the cooperators to become more vigorous to ensure economic emancipation and business investment through forming productive cooperatives.
PM Sheikh Hasina recalled that Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, who had given constitutional recognition to cooperatives to consolidate the economy of the war-ravaged country.
“Bangabandhu took pragmatic initiatives to build multipurpose cooperatives in villages,” she added.
Referring to different development activities that go hand in hand with cooperatives initiatives, PM Sheikh Hasina said that Milk Vita was upholding its image as a cooperative institution while the project of “One House, One Farm” was being implemented.
“From now on there will be no more microcredit. Micro saving system has been introduced and Palli Sanchay Bank established,” the premier said.
The premier mentioned in her message that there are 1,06,90,000 members in 1,75,770 registered cooperatives, which have total capital of Tk.14,054 crore and assets worth about Tk 7,032 crore.
“As many as eight lakh, 26 thousand and 738 people have become employed directly and indirectly through these cooperatives institutions,” PM Sheikh Hasina added.
The premier mentioned that the goal of the government is to establish Bangladesh as a middle-income country by 2021 and a developed one by 2041.|
She wished success of the all programmes of the 46th National Cooperatives Day.