Narendrapur: On International Women’s day, Tata Steel BSL ( formerly known as Bhushan Steel Limited) had organised a grand women Self Help Group convention at Itap village near its plant at Narendrapur in Dhenkanal district. In the programme around 600 members from 200 SHGs from 11 peripheral villages including Narendrapur, Shibpur, Kurunti, Kusupanga, Nuagaon, Talabahal, Itap, etc. had participated.
The objective of the programme was not only to celebrate the women’s day but also to inculcate a spirit of entrepreneurship and self-reliance among the women from the villages.
Ms Anupama James, SP, Dhenkanal, had graced the occasion as the Chief Guest. Other dignitaries present on the occasion included Ms Sasmita Bhatt, Regional Director , Ministry of Labour, Govt of India, Mr Sanjeev Mohanty, DSMS, ORMAS SHG, Govt of Odisha, Mr. Rajendra Padhi, Education Officer, Ministry of Labour, Govt of India, Mr Manikanata Naik, Chief, Corporate Services, Tata Steel BSL..
Appreciating the initiative, Ms Jmaes said that women must take up education very seriously and guide their children, especially girl child study properly to make them self-reliant.
Wishing the women on the occasion of International Women’s Day Mr Naik said as a responsible corporate, Tata Steel BSL would support the women from local villages in their journey for self-reliance through various initiatives of Self Help Groups.
Members of one SHG of Kochilamada village, Janha mamu SHG were awarded for their exceptional achievements for successfully running garment business for last 15 years.
Coordinated by CSR team of Tata Steel BSL and led by Head, CSR of the steel major Mr Dibyahas Ray, the opening session of the programme was followed by two hours long orientation workshop by the experts. Ms Bhatt ad Mr Mohanty conducted the orientation program on SHG formation, execution, group collaboration and group cohesion, etc. Officers of the company’s CSR team Ms Renuka Singh, Ms Sagarika Mohapatra, Mr Asutos Das provided support to the experts.
The experts cited various live examples from Odisha how different alternative livelihood programs are creating differences to the lives of rural families.