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.