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Odisha CM Empowers 70 Lakh Women With ‘Zero Interest On Loan’ In Puri’s Mission Shakti ‘Mahasamabesh’


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05 January 2019

OMMCOM NEWS


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Puri: Further empowering women of Odisha under the on-going ‘Mission Shakti’ scheme, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today announced zero interest loan to the women self help groups (SHGs).

Addressing the Mission Shakti Mahasamabesh, that was attended by thousands of empowered women, at Talabania Sports Complex, Chief Minister announced, “Now you will get zero per cent interest on loan facility for your SHG.”

Earlier addressing the first-ever state-level convention, Odisha Mission Shakti director Sujata Kartikeyan said, “The initiative that was started in 2001 by our Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, has now grown into a great family of 30 lakh SHGs including 70 lakh women. Those who did not have even Rs 10, now have Rs 5000 crore as savings.”

Today’s programme marked the inauguration of providing Rs 15,000 Seed Money to every new woman SHG to start their business, Rs 25,000 financial assistance fund to every Block Level Mahasangh and Rs 3,000 financial assistance to every SHG for digital empowerment so that they could own smart phones for online payment, marketing and going global.

Also, Anganwadi workers and helpers were awarded with financial incentive of Rs 500 and Rs 200 respectively, for their contribution towards mobilizing and motivating rural women. 30 lakh new Mission Shakti members were provided today with Rs 400 crore financial assistance for forming their SHGs.

“Now, women are not only home-makers but also decision-makers,” remarked the Mission Shakti director.

The Chief Minister also transferred Rs 30,000 crore digitally to the bank accounts of 31,000 SHGs from the venue itself.

Addressing the occasion, Biju Mahila Janata Dal Working President-cum- Chairperson of Odisha Mahila Vikash Cooperative Corporation Srimayee Mishra said, “Our identity today is not simply confined to be someone’s daughter or wife, but also identity of being secretary or president of a self help group. Mission Shakti has given us a special identity today.”

Explaining the Chief Minister’s announcement today, she concluded, “Henceforth, there is no need for paying even 1 % interest while borrowing loan from banks. All your interest money can now become your savings.”

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Naveen Patnaik, Chief Minister, Odisha

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Prafulla Samal, Minister, Women & Child Development, Odisha

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Sujata Kartikeyan, Director, Mission Shakti, Odisha

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Srimayee Mishra, Chairperson, Odisha Mahila Vikash Cooperative Corporation