Report by Debadatta Panda; Bhabanipatna: To provide further empowerment to women and enhance their role in the State’s development, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Saturday announced that women would be involved in paddy procurement henceforth.
He stated this at the Mission Shakti Samabesh held at Bhabanipatna in Kalahandi district. Besides, the Chief Minister announced that a Science stream along with laboratory and other infrastructure would be opened at the Bhawanipatna Government women’s college at a cost of Rs 5 crore.
The CM also released Rs 15,000 each to 11,122 women Self Help Groups (SHGs) as seed money, Rs 25 lakhs each to 14 block-level ‘Mahasanghs’, Rs 3,000 each to 9,836 SHGs as digital empowerment assistance under the ongoing Mission Shakti programme.
During his visit, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik dedicated the Ret Medium Irrigation project built at a cost of Rs 768.46 crores in Kalahandi district. The project would benefit 79 villages.
He inaugurated and laid foundation stones for 38 developmental projects worth Rs 1,346 crore.