Friday, August 24, 2007

Sikkim workshop to groom future leaders

GANGTOK, Aug 23: A two-day workshop on “leadership development”, organised by the Sikkim State Cooperative Union, was held at Rongli in East Sikkim recently. Over 25 managing committee members of various cooperative societies attended the seminar. “The main objective behind organising the training programme was to inform the managing committee members about their roles and responsibilities in leading the cooperative societies and achieve success,” said Mr KN Pradhan, the chief guest. The trainee participants were taught about the role and responsibility of managing committee members, qualities of a good leader, implementation of business development plan, books of account to be maintained by the cooperative societies, cooperative law, its values and principles and cooperative management. Highlighting the importance of cooperative movement in rural areas, Mr Pradhan, said: “You all should adopt cooperative society as a means to procure consumer items, marketing of village produces. You should also adopt disbursement of loan so that every members of cooperative society could benefit and improve their socio-economic status.” The participants called for more such training programmes on a regular basis. “No doubt, we learnt a lot during the two-day training programme. However, the programme should have been longer. A time of two days was not enough for us to learn everything,” said Mr Bhim Bahadur Gurung, one of the participants. “We have requested the authorities concerned to organise more such programmes in future with more duration so that we could learn more,” said Ms Mamta Subba, another participant. The participants also took part in the open discussion session.