Odisha CM Visits Bolangir, Graces Women SHG Mahasamavesh, Grants Rs 1 Cr For Mission Shakti Bhawan

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06 March 2019


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Bolangir: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today visited Bolangir district in western Odisha and addressed the Mission Shakti Mahasamavesh (conclave) at Patharchepa ground here.

Reaching the venue at around 11. 50 am, he interacted with the members of several Self Help Groups (SHGs) from the two adjoining districts of Subarnapur and Bolangir.

In his pithy speech, the Chief Minister announced that he has sanctioned Rs 1 crore for Mission Shakti Bhawan there.

As per the State Government sources, there are nearly seven lakh SHGs across Odisha by means of which 70 lakh women have been empowered.

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.

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.

Each of the Block-Level SHG Mahasanghs (federations) is being provided Rs 25 lakh revolving fund assistance.

During the Puri convention, the Chief Minister has already distributed Rs 15,000 seed money per group to three lakh new women SHGs. Besides, every Panchayat is being bestowed with a Mission Shakti Home.

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Naveen Patnaik, Chief Minister, Odisha