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Odisha to distribute smartphones to 600,000 women self-help groups

Mission Shakti, started as a project in 2001, has Rs 50 billion savings and Rs 20 billion annual bank exposure

BS Reporter  |  Bhubaneswar 

Naveen Patnaik
Naveen Patnaik, Odisha CM

on Wednesday announced a plan to distribute 600,000 smartphones to (self-help) groups in the state. There are about 600,000 self-help groups comprising seven million female members.

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“Our women have come a long way and the next ceiling to be broken is the digital one. My government is aware that digital empowerment will further accelerate the socio-political and economic empowerment of women. My dream is to see that every woman has access to the knowledge economy”, said Chief Minister at a plenary session on Women Entrepreneurship organised on a third of Make in Odisha conclave.

As a first step, my government will digitally empower all 600,000 groups with smartphones, he added.

According to sources, a detailed plan will be chalked out for procurement of the smartphones.


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The state government today impressed upon the bankers to provide credit to the groups in a professional manner.

“The easiest way to please me and my government is to meet the credit requirement of in a dignified and professional manner,” said Patnaik at the event.

Mission Shakti, started as a project in 2001, has Rs 50 billion savings and Rs 20 billion annual bank exposure. The bank loans were provided to the groups at a measly rate of one per cent.

First Published: Wed, November 14 2018. 20:10 IST
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