New Delhi: FICCI Ladies Organisation (FLO), today virtually launched its 17th Chapter ‘FLO Bhubaneshwar Chapter’. Mr Suresh Prabhu, Prime Minister???s Sherpa to G7 and G20 launched the Chapter. Captain Dibya Shankar Mishra, Minister of state for Energy, Industries, MSME, Govt. of Odisha was also present during the launch. A webinar on ‘Agricultural Rejuvenation’ was also organised.
Mr Suresh Prabhu said, “Agriculture is a very important sector as it supports majority of the population. It is important to rejuvenate agriculture sector to drive India’s economy. Without agriculture, we cannot have industry. Income of farmers will drive future economic growth. This will boost demand and increase purchasing power. We need to do more in this sector and rejuvenate it.”
Mr Prabhu also emphasized on the utilisation of Artificial Intelligence for agricultural rejuvenation by giving the right data inputs. He said, “India is making huge strides in the various sub sectors of agriculture. We are ranked number 1 in milk production; fruits and vegetables and ranked amongst top 5 in wheat, pulses etc. We have to do more for Agricultural Rejuvenation, and it has to focus on fundamental things like land, soil and water.”
Captain Dibya Shankar Mishra, Minister of State for Energy, Industries, MSME, Govt. of Odisha while appreciating the launch of FLO Chapter in Odisha said, “We have always been the champions of the cause of women empowerment. With initiatives such as Mission Sakti, Start-Up Odisha, Skilled in Odisha, and many others, the growth of Self-Help Groups (SHGs) has helped the financial empowerment of women in rural areas. I understand that the goals of Odisha government and FLO are in aligned to achieve economic development for women and therefore, we will help facilitate women-centric endeavours of FLO.”
While the nation is going through a public health crisis and is under lockdown, FLO is also trying to support the government in tacking the situation by way of engaging continuously with the industry members and facilitating information sharing and at the same time providing relief and rehabilitation to the poor and vulnerable.
Ms Harjinder Kaur Talwar, President FLO said, “It is important to adapt to the need of the times. Survival of the fittest being the mantra, whoever works in a thoughtful, adaptive, responsible, and responsive manner will emerge as the winner. Hence this innovative way to launch our new Chapter at Bhubaneshwar.”
“FLO is thankful for the support received from the Government of Odisha and look forward to various collaborative endeavours towards skill development and other activities for women empowerment not only in Bhubaneshwar but the entire state of Odisha. I look forward to work collectively towards nurturing the new chapter.”
The Bhubaneshwar Chapter is an addition to the 16 existing Chapters of FLO at Ahmedabad, Amritsar, Bangalore, Chennai, Coimbatore, Hyderabad, Indore, Jaipur, Kolkata, Lucknow, Kanpur, Ludhiana, Mumbai, North East, Uttarakhand and Pune with its head office in Delhi.
Ms Dharitri Patnaik, Founder Director at Jivada Ventures Private Ltd. was announced as the first Chairperson of FLO Bhubaneshwar Chapter. She said, “Empowering women entrepreneurs is truly essential for achieving the goals of sustainable development of the nation in totality. Therefore, right efforts from all areas are required in the development of women entrepreneurs and their greater participation in the entrepreneurial activities. The Bhubaneshwar Chapter will work towards this direction and create the right thrust for women empowerment in the region.”
With an intricate patchwork of history, fascinating tribal culture and natural coastal beauty, Odisha is has also emerged as a significant destination for investments. Being a pioneer in implementing the ‘Ease of Doing Business’ framework through a robust single window clearance mechanism, it is one of the fastest growing states of India.
FLO endeavours to promote women entrepreneurs and professionals and assist them to grow professionally. The launch of this Chapter will help bring existing entrepreneurs, potentials entrepreneurs and other professionals under the FLO umbrella.
The Bhubaneshwar Chapter will aim at enhancing the capabilities of women through appropriate awareness, training and development programmes that enables women to contribute towards India’s socio-economic growth by fulfilling their individual potential.
The web event was very well attended, with several women entrepreneurs and professionals from Odisha and other pan India Chapters of FLO, besides the Presidium, Past Presidents & National Governing Body Members.