Manav Kalyan Multi-Purpose Co-Operative Society Ltd under the aegis of Sahakar Bharati opened their first unit of Annapurna, a grocery at NSCB Road Lalpatty in Hojai on Sunday.
Speaking on the occasion, Shankar Prasad Roy, Hojai District President of Sahakar Bharati said, “Under the aegis of Sahakar Bharati, the Manav Kalyan Multi-Purpose Co-Operative Society Ltd was started in the year 2016. From the beginning, our motto was to make strong the financially backward ones.”
He also informed that their shareholders are hawkers, farmers, cart-pullers, rickshaw-pullers, labourers, etc. “Even some financially sound ones are our members,” said Roy.
Roy added, “At present, we have 550 shareholders in Hojai town including 9 panchayats. Our shares are affordable for anyone. Beginning at Rs 250 per share, one can take maximum shares up to Rs 10000.”
“We have 18 Self Help Groups (SHGs) in Hojai and with this unit now the SHGs will get a platform to sell their products here,” Roy added.
Sudip Deb, Hojai District Secretary, Sahakar Bharati said, “We are planning in future to sell grocery items in Annapurna at nominal rates than the market rates, keeping in mind the family income of the individuals.”
Uma Shankar Goswami, President, Manav Kalyan Multi-Purpose Co-Operative Society Ltd said, “Profits of our Society are not limited to its shareholders only. We have separate funds for the welfare of the society and for the education of the needy students.”
“Society also gives loans to its shareholders so that they can expand their earnings by using the loan amounts in some productive areas,” Goswami added.