Bhubaneswar: In order to give the Self-Help Group (SHG) movement a further push, the State Government would soon have an independent Department of Mission Shakti.
This was announced by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik at a function held here to mark the International Women’s Day on Sunday.
“I would like to announce that Odisha will be the first State to have an exclusive department for Self-Help Groups (SHGs). This will be called ‘Department of Mission Shakti’ and will be dedicated to all the women of Odisha,” Pantaik said.
The Mission Shakti Department would focus on the nutritional development of children and women, he said.
The Chief Minister said, “Women of our State are leading in all spheres of development. The Mission Shakti and the Mamata scheme and the initiative of 50-per cent reservation in the Panchayats and Urban Local Bodies have empowered a massive number of 70 lakh women socioeconomically
‘Patnaik said women like Dutee Chand, Pratibha Ray and Nandita Das have not only made the State proud but also have brought laurels for the nation.
Secretaries and officials from different departments along with SHG members from across the State were present at the event.