8 cooperative societies awarded the “NCDC regional awards for cooperative excellence and merit 2021”

The National Cooperative Development Corporation (NCDC) – a statutory corporation operating under the Ministry of Agriculture and Farmer Welfare on Friday awarded 8 cooperative societies in the state of northeastern Sikkim with the “Regional Awards for l ‘cooperative excellence and merit 2021’.

The award ceremony was organized by NCDC in collaboration with Sikkim Cooperation Department in Gangtok.

According to the IPR report, the 8 cooperative societies which received the “NCDC 2021 Regional Cooperative Excellence Award” are: Luing Perbing MPCS Ltd, East Sikkim (Best Primary Cooperative Society), Sikkim Pragatisheel Nari Cooperative Society Ltd, South Sikkim (Best Primary Cooperative Society) Cooperative in two major sectors of the state), Padamchey MPCS Ltd, East Sikkim (Best Primary Cooperative in two major sectors of the state) and Sikkim Women’s Cooperative Society Ltd, East Sikkim (All cooperatives primary women).

Meanwhile, “NCDC Regional Cooperatives Merit Awards 2021” were awarded to Wok MPCS Ltd, South Sikkim (Best Primary Cooperative Company), Padamchey MPCS Ltd for Turmeric Food Processing, East Sikkim (Best Primary Cooperative) in two important sectors of the state), Siribadam MPCS Ltd, West Sikkim (Best primary cooperative in two important sectors of the state) and Kadamtam MPCS Ltd, East Sikkim (Best primary cooperative in two important sectors of the state).

A certificate and a souvenir were also presented to the winners.

However, a cash award of Rs 25,000 for an excellent cooperative and Rs 20,000 for meritorious category awards were also distributed at the event.

The award distribution program was attended by the Minister of the Department of Cooperation, Sonam Lama as the main guest; and Chairman of the Department of Cooperation, BB Chettri as guest of honor; with the outgoing Secretary, Department of Cooperation, BB Subba; the new cooperation secretary, JD Bhutia, the NCDC delegates from Kolkata, the representatives of the Sikkim State Cooperative Union (SICUN); and Sikkim State Cooperative Bank Private Ltd. (SISCO), and members of various state cooperative societies.

Guest of honor Lama, in his speech, affirmed that the welfare of the state cooperative societies is of paramount importance.

He assured that the grievances of the ministry and its stakeholders will be presented for redress as soon as possible.

Congratulating the winners for their dedication and commitment, the Minister cited them as “gurus” who had a ripple effect by having a positive impact on cooperative societies.

It has played an important role in contributing to rural economic empowerment, Lama added.

He further urged all cooperative societies in the state to perceive this event as a source of inspiration to continue striving for self-sufficiency and economic freedom with accountability and transparency.

Virginia S. Braud