Senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader and former chief minister Prem Kumar Dhumal on Sunday lauded the role of cooperative institutions in the state in general and Hamirpur district in particular for helping the rural people. He said these institutions were doing yeoman's duty for the common people and efforts should be made to increase their business activities.
While addressing the district-level cooperative week at Tarkwari village of Bhoranj revenue sub division, he said Panjawar village of the Una district was the first village where the first society was formed by Miyan Hira Singh Thakur in order to keep the people safe from the clutches of the Shahukars (money lenders). He said since then the working of the societies had increased manifold and were doing a lot for the wellbeing and welfare of the masses.
He was, however, pained to say that the present Congress government in the state was doing nothing for the promotion of these institutions and instead trying to close such organisations that were being manned by the opposition people. It was a wrong step in a democratic set up, the BJP leader said.
Dhumal added that the profit of Kangra central cooperative bank, which was around `56 crore two years ago when the BJP was in power, had reduced to `22 crore since the Congress party government came to power in the state.
Dhumal, on the occasion, honored functionaries of the first three cooperative institutions of the district that were declared best by the department regarding their working.
A cultural function was also present on this occasion.