Project under way to modernise 115 Ratnapura, Kegalle cooperative shops | Daily News

Project under way to modernise 115 Ratnapura, Kegalle cooperative shops

Sabaragamuwa Chief Secretary Ranjani Jayakody and other officials during the discussion.
Sabaragamuwa Chief Secretary Ranjani Jayakody and other officials during the discussion.

Steps have been taken to modernise 115 cooperative shops in the Ratnapura and Kegalle districts under the Economic Revival Force implemented by the government, Sabaragamuwa Chief Secretary Ranjani Jayakody said.  

Speaking further, she said that cooperative retail outlets, cooperative ‘cities’, and mini cooperative ‘city shops’ will be modernised by 23 multipurpose cooperative societies in the Sabaragamuwa Province. These 115 outlets will be rebranded as the ‘best cooperatives’ and will be equipped with the required facilities soon.  

Jayakody added that these establishments sell high-quality food items including vegetables, fruits, and rice to the consumers at the lowest possible prices in the market. She said that proper training will be given to about 2,000 Sabaragamuwa cooperative employees in various fields, including job training, stock management, customer care, information technology, and efficiency. 

“This programme is being implemented under the instructions of Basil Rajapaksa, Chairman of the Economic Revival Force. The cooperative movement has played a significant role in the country during the recent COVID-19 pandemic, as well as during disasters such as floods and landslides,” the Chief Secretary added. 

Sabaragamuwa Province Governor Tikiri Kobbekaduwa said that certain private sector players had already contributed to strengthen the cooperative movement. The Sabaragamuwa Provincial Council has allocated Rs.3.5 million to these cooperative societies for this project. 

Under this, an awareness programme for cooperative employees was held recently in Ratnapura. Cooperative Commissioner Suminda Singappuli and Provincial Cooperative Commissioner Mayura Arandara were also present at the occasion.