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Naveen Patnaik encouraged the Self Help Groups during the Mission Shakti Convention

Khurda:3/3/19: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today encouraged the Self Help Groups to be more self-reliant during the Mission Shakti Convention in Khurda today.

At a meeting of Mission Shakti stakeholders at Gosala ground, Patnaik said that the Government is committed to further strengthen the programme which has empowered women by organising them into Self Help Groups.

There are nearly 70 lakh women organised into 6 lakh SHGs, which are involved in different activities like making LED bulbs, running buses under Biju Gaon Gadi, supplying take-home ration under the ICDS programme, electricity metre reading and civil construction.

On January 5, the Odisha CM had announced Mission Shakti Loans for SHGs called under which the rate of interest on loans to SHGs was reduced to zero per cent. Every SHG is eligible to take loans up to Rs 3 lakh at an effective zero per cent interest rate. The difference is borne by the State Government.

Recently, the Odisha Government announced the construction of Mission Shakti Gruhas in each of the 6798 Gram Panchayats under Ama Gaon Ama Bikash programme. More than 100 SHGs of Khurda district are being provided with work order of Mission Shakti Gruha. These houses will be used as meeting halls for SHGs and also as sales outlets for Mission Shakti products in the Panchayat Headquarters.


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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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