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Odisha Chief Minister announced zero interest loan to the women Self Help Groups

Puri:5/1/19 ;Further empowering the women of Odisha, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today announced zero interest loan to the women Self Help Groups (SHGs).

Addressing the Mission Shakti ‘Mahasamabesh’ at Talabania Sports Complex in the Pilgrim City, the Odisha CM said that the grant would benefit six lakh SHGs including 70 lakh women.

On the occasion, Patnaik also launched new incentives under which every new woman SHG will get Rs 15,000 Seed Money 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.

Moreover, the chief minister announced that Anganwadi workers and helpers will be awarded financial incentive of Rs 500 and Rs 200 respectively, for their contribution towards mobilising and motivating rural women.

In today’s mega event, 30 lakh new Mission Shakti members were provided Rs 400 crore financial assistance to form their own SHGs.

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

The ‘Mahasamabesh’ witnessed thousands of empowered women, who narrated their stories of success to the mass audience including Ministers, MLA’s and the Chief Minister.

About Ashok Palit

Ashok Palit has completed his graduation from Upendranath College Soro, Balasore and post graduation from Utkal University in Odia Language and literture.. He has also carved out a niche for himself as a scribe of eminence after joining the profession in 1988. He is also an independent media production professional. He brings loads of experience to Advanced Media, Ashok Palit as a cineaste has been active in film criticism for over three decades. As a film society activist, he soared to eminence for his profound commitment to the art film appreciation and aesthetics of cinema. His mode of discourse is often erudite but always lucid and comprehensible marked by a perfect acumen so rare in the field. A film aesthete with an immense fond of critical sensibilities, he wrote about growth and development of odia cinema in New Indian Express, The Times of India, The Hindustan Times, The Asian Age and Screen. He has been working as an Editor for Cine Samaya from 2002-2004.. He had made solid contribution on cinema in many odia Dailies and weekly such as Samaj, Prajatantra, Dharatri, Samaya, Satabadi, and weekly Samaya.

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