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The 47th National Cooperatives Day will be observed in the country today (Sunday) under the auspices of the Local Government, Rural Development and Cooperatives Ministry, reports BSS.
The theme of the year is ‘Let’s build cooperative-based society, ensure sustainable development.’
President M Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Saturday issued separate messages greeting all co-operators on the eve of the day.
President Abdul Hamid, in his message, said that the cooperatives are playing important roles in women empowerment including rural poverty alleviation, new employment generation, marketing of the commodities and ensuring of fair price of the goods.
Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman had recognized the cooperatives as one of the best weapons for the development, said the President.
He (Bangabandhu) had also dreamt of a pro-people cooperatives movement for improving the fate of the poor and under privileged people, Abdul Hamid added.
The President urged all people to be more active and sincere to make the cooperatives activities more vibrant, active and time-befitting in order to turn Bangladesh into a prosperous nation.
Highlighting different aspects of the cooperatives, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said the cooperatives are playing important roles in the socio-economic development of the country.
At present, the country has 1,74,700 cooperatives with 1,09,00000 members, she said, adding that peoples irrespective of different professionals are reaping the benefits from agriculture, fisheries, livestock, savings, distribution of credit, dairy and cottage industries, garments, housing, banks, insurances, commodity marketing, Asrayan and Ekti Bari Ekti Khamar under the cooperatives society.
Various cooperatives-based development projects have been taken under the Ekti Bari Ekti Khamar Project for the development of small ethnic groups, she added.
The day will be observed amid holding of different programmes including rallies, discussions, distribution of the national cooperatives award and cultural functions.
The department of cooperatives has chalked out elaborate programmes to observe day in a befitting manner.
The programmes include rally, hoisting of national and cooperatives flags, screening of documentary film, illumination of roads and road-side islands, discussion, prize distribution and cultural function.
The day will also be observed at upazila, district and divisional levels in a befitting manner.