BHUBANESWAR: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik said Monday that Mission Shakti will soon mark a new milestone in empowering women in the country by reaching an unmatched number of members. Planted in March 2001, it has now become a giant tree of hope for 80 lakh women in the state. It will also inspire more women in the days to come and bring the message of the empowered Odisha to every home in the state.
Noting that Mission Shakti has now become a major social revolution and has brought the economy to life in rural Odisha, the Prime Minister praised the role that WSHG members, Anganwadi workers, ASHA and health workers in controlling the Covid-19 Pandemic in the US play state.
Minister of Women’s and Child Development Tukuni Sahu said Mission Shakti had given women a new identity. Chief Secretary in the Department of Women’s and Child Development Anu Garg said the Odisha government sees women as partners in development rather than beneficiaries. Mission Director, Sujata Kartikeyan, announced that Mission Shakti members are now doing business worth over 2,500 crore. The WSHGs have already drawn 3,200 crore in loans during the year against a target of 4,000 crore, she said.
The Prime Minister inaugurated three dormitories for working women in Jharsuguda, Jajpur and Bhubaneswar, launched portals for hostel management, Swadhar and Ujjwala programs, Mission Shakti website, a special portal for banks for credit-related activities for SHGs and IEC package to eradicate the Witch hunt. During that role, he also recognized best performing districts, SHGs, government officials, and banks.
Earlier, the Chief Minister spoke at an event organized by the Biju Mahila Janata Dal and affirmed the BJD’s determination to fight for 33 percent seat reservations for women in parliament and state assemblies. Describing women as born leaders, Naveen said those who take responsibility for the home and children will have no difficulty running society and running the country.
Saying that women are always at the center of all BJD activities, the prime minister said Biju Patnaik had taken the historic step of reserving 33 percent of the seats in panchayats for women. BJD has pushed this and now 50 percent of the seats in panchayats and city local boards are reserved for women, he said.
Inaugurated on this day
3 hostels for working women in Jharsuguda, Jajpur and Bhubaneswar
Portals to hostel management, Swadhar and Ujjwala programs
Mission Shakti website, a special portal for banks for credit-related activities at SHGs
IEC package to eradicate the witch hunt