Bhubaneswar: Gracing the State-level celebration of International Women’s Day, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik said that Mission Shakti launched on this day in 2001 by his Government is all set to take the shape of a massive movement of one crore women brigade of Odisha.
In his key note address through video conferencing, Naveen said that the seed that was sown on March 8, 2001 has grown up into a colossal tree. It has turned now to be a tree of hope and aspiration for 80 lakh women of Odisha. He stated that each leaf of the very tree carries the script of a success story and the story is the State’s Mission Shakti.
The Chief Minister on the special occasion averred that Mission Shakti is very soon going to be massive movement of one crore women and will send the clear and loud message of empowered Odisha at every household across the State. He also said that the step of his Government already taken for creation of Mission Shakti as a separate department has been immensely welcomed by the women.
The Chief Minster stated that Mission Shakti has been a big socio-economic revolution today in the State as it has spurred up the rural economy. He hoped that Mission Shakti will not only be a big movement in the country, but also globally.
Patting the women force and thanking them on behalf of the people of Odisha, Naveen remarked that they played a pivotal role in extending their cooperation during his Government’s fight against the Covid-19 pandemic and management. Citing instances, he said that the women force of Mission Shakti, Anganwadi workers, ASHAs and female health workers carried out their respective duties with utmost responsibilities.
Stating that the State Government has always been working sincerely for the women of Mission Shakti, the Chief Minister said that works worth Rs 5,000 crore has already been announced earlier and the women brigade has in return bolstered the State Government’s unflinching faith in their ability.
He remarked that a nation keeps on developing when its women keep on marching ahead. The Chief Minister affirmed that his endeavour would continue unabatedly for enhancing the progress and prosperity as well as protecting the rights of the women. On the occasion, two videos on the two departments of Women and Child Development (W&CD) and Mission Shakti were displayed.
Three hostels for the working women were inaugurated at Jharsuguda, Jajpur and Bhubaneswar. New portals for the various schemes of hostel management, Swadhar and Ujjwal, website of Mission Shakti, mobile app and special portal for information on availing loan from the banks were also unveiled.
The Chief Minister also unveiled the IEC package for eradicating the social evil of witch hunting. Prominent among others, the State-Level celebration at the Lokseva Bhawan here was also graced by W&CD Minister Tukuni Sahu, W&CD Secretary Anu Garg, Mission Shakti Director Sujata Karthikeyan, Chief Secretary Suresh Chandra Mohapatra, Development Commissioner Pradip Kumar Jena and Secretary to CM (5T) V.K. Pandian.