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Mission Shakti Dept Soon

 
Chief Minister Naveen  Patnaik said that a separate department would be formed for self-help groups (SHGs) for the development and  empowerment of women.

Mr.Patnaik affirmed his Government's commitment to work for ensuring the rights and welfare of women.

Chief Minister said Odisha has already emerged as a frontrunner in the country in achieving women empowerment.

Sujata R Karthikeyan Commissioner, Mission Shakti, Director Social Welfare, Arvind Agarwal, Principal Secretary WCD, Anu Garg and Development Commissioner Suresh Chandra Mohapatra and other senior officials were present.

"I would like to announce that Odisha will be the first state to have an exclusive department for self-help groups," Mr.Patnaik said at a function on the occasion of International Women's Day on Sunday said

"This will be called Department of Mission Shakti and will be dedicated to all the women of Odisha," he said.

Emphasizing that women are playing lead roles in all spheres of development, he said, "The struggle, confidence and success stories of our mothers have mesmerized all of us."

Mr.Patnaik said the Mission Shakti is for 70 lakh women, the Mamata scheme and 50 per cent reservation for women in Panchayati raj institutions (PRIs) launched by the state government had ushered in a new era for the socio-economic empowerment of women.

Chief Minister elucidated the success of women in all fields - from sports to entrepreneurship and said the state government has all along been emphasizing on steps to empower women.

CM said eminent women like sprint star Dutee Chand, writer Pratibha Ray and film personality Nandita Das have brought glory to Odisha and  they have become symbols of empowerment and ideals for the women of the country.

CM referred to the special nutrition budget introduced in the state this year and said it will primarily focus on the nutrition of women and children.

The theme for International Women's Day 2020 is "I am Generation Equality: Realizing Women's Rights".

CM felicitated the Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS) of Mayurbhanj, Dhenkanal and Gajapati districts on the occasion.

Mr.Patnaik also took to their twitter handles to wish the women on the occasion.

"Be it financial independence or representing the people in Parliament, empowering women has been the cornerstone of our development initiatives. We will continue to work towards championing them in every field and create spaces for their leadership towards progress," CM tweeted.
 


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