10 March 2019
Kendrapara: Odisha Chief Minister visited Kendrapara today and addressed a huge gathering of women Self Help Groups (SHGs) as a part of Mission Shakti Samavesh (convention). Before taking the stage himself, women were given a chance to speak their hearts out and an overwhelming majority praised the CM for his efforts to empower women.
Rs 1 crore was granted for Mission Shakti Bhawan in the district. The CM even provided the women with the sanction order. He also provided Rs 15,000 seed money to several newly formed SHGs and felicitated the women. Many Block-Level SHG Mahasanghs (federations) were also provided with Rs 25 lakh revolving fund assistance.
These SHGs are involved in a score of activities like making food items, spices, fabrics, LED bulbs, running buses under Biju Gaon Gadi, supplying take-home ration under the ICDS programme, electricity metre reading, civil construction, etc and recently the Chief Minister has also entrusted them with the job of paddy procurement.
As per a communique from CMO, he arrived at the Siddha Mahapurusha Ground located in Baro village under Kendrapara tehsil at around 11.30 am. Over 1 lakh women attended the conclave from Cuttack and Kendrapara districts today. Tight security arrangements were made by the district administration in and around the venue to avoid any untoward incident.
On January 5 at the Puri convention this year, the Chief Minister announced loans for the SHGs at zero per cent interest. Every SHG is eligible to avail loans up to Rs 3 lakh at zero per cent interest rate. Also Rs 3,000 assistance is being provided to each of the seven lakh women SHGs for digital empowerment as during the ‘Make in Odisha Conclave’ in November last year at Bhubaneswar, the Chief Minister had promised smartphones to all the women SHGs. As per the State Government sources, there are nearly seven lakh SHGs across Odisha by means of which 70 lakh women have been empowered.