Chandrakant Gawas, Hon. Treasurer, Goa Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GCCI) was awarded the Best Co-operator award by Departmentt of Co-operation and The Goa State Co-operative Union in the National Co-operative Week valedictory function.
Chief Minister of Goa Dr Pramod Sawant presented the award to Gawas in the function held at Goa State Co-operative Bank Hall.
Gawas has been associated in the co-operative movement since 1990. He started his co-operative journey by decongesting the operations of the Vaddem Nagar Urban Co-operative Credit Society. The Society turnaround was a major achievement and he introduced citizen services like bill payments and increased loan volumes. He was appointed as Director of the Citizen Co-operative Bank in 1996, a post which he continues till date.
Gawas was also appointed on the administrative committee to run the Vasco Urban Cooperative Credit Society.
A barge owner by trade, Gawas takes active interest in solving issues of mining affected borrowers. He is also the Chairman of the GCCI Logistics Committee and has been a long serving member of GCCI’s managing committee.
His wife Chitra is the former Vice Chairman of the Mormugao Municipal Council and runs Mahila Shakti, a self-help group in Vasco. He has two children, son Mayuresh, who helps him in his business; and daughter Shraddha.