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.