Bhubaneswar: Chief minister Patnaik on Saturday addressed around 50,000 members of women self-help groups in Kalahandi district headquarters town of Bhawanipatna, barely 10 days after Congress president Rahul Gandhi had addressed a public gathering there on February 6.
Addressing thousands of women at the Mission Shakti Conclave at Bhawanipatna, Naveen said, “Odisha’s Mission Shakti has empowered the women. The Mission Shakti women brigade will also be associated with paddy procurement operation undertaken by the state government.” He distributed seed money of Rs 15,000 each to 11,122 women self-help groups (SHG)s.

He also gave financial assistance of Rs 25 lakh each to 14 block-level mahasangh and Rs 3000 each to 9,836 SHGs as digital empowerment assistance under the ongoing Mission Shakti programme. He also handed over pattas to 20 landless families.

Naveen’s visit will be followed by Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath, who is scheduled to address a gathering on February 20. The BJD had won the 2014 Lok Sabha election in the district while the BJP had swept the 2017 Zilla Parishad election.

Naveen also announced to give unitary university status to Bhawanipatna Government Autonomous College and announced a grant of Rs 5 crore for starting science stream at Bhawanipatna Government Women’s College and develop other infrastructure in the college.

Prior to attending the Mission Shakti Conclave, the BJD chief addressed party workers and asked them to gear up for the upcoming elections at Junagarh stadium.

Several block and panchayat-level workers of the BJP and the Congress also joined the BJD in the presence of the chief minister.

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