Bhubaneswar: Following the announcement of Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik to channelise Government business of Rs 5,000 crore through women self-help groups (WSHGs) in five years, the department of Mission Shkati has recorded an achievement of 71.67% of the target in first two years.
The actual Government business through WSHGs has reached Rs 3,583.84 crore in first two years viz. 2019-20 and 2020-21. This was revealed during a high level review meeting chaired by Chief Secretary Suresh Chandra Mahapatra today. Secretary, Mission Shakti Sujata Kartikeyan outlined the issues and presented the updates for discussion.
Reviewing the progress made so far, Mahapatra directed to explore new areas of partnership with WSHGs involving more number of groups. He directed to explore new projects in micro food processing, primary health care, pisciculture in gram panchayat tanks, poultry, commercial vegetable cultivation, nursery raising in forest and environment department, plantation, millet based products, agri-entrepreneurship, supply of food items and vegetables to the Ashram Vidyalayas, supervision of water supply through pipe water supply schemes, and, management of the nature camps, etc.
The DISCOMs were asked to engage more WSHGs in meter reading and bill collection. The possibilities of engaging WSHGs as diet supplier to the patients in CHCs and PHCs, creation of agri-nutri garden, setting up of the compost pit, Jal saathis, swachha saathis etc were also discussed in the meeting.
Mahapatra directed different departments to identify more areas for WSHGs by leveraging their schemes and projects.
It was decided at the meeting that a Mission Shakti Bazar would be set up in campus of the State Institute of Rural Development, Bhubaneswar with its opening to the road side to create a year round sales point for WSHG products. Chief Secretary directed to explore the possibilities of opening more such counters at other conspicuous places.
Karitikeyan said that target was fixed to have Rs 5,000 crore of business through WSHGs in five years starting from the FY 2019-20. Accordingly, target was fixed to have business of Rs 1,000 crore in each year. Beating the adversities of shutdown and lockdowns caused by Covid-19, the total Government business through WSHGs touched Rs 1,411.82 crore in the fiscal year 2019-20 thereby recording an achievement of around 141%.
The business was carried on through 20,449 WSHGs. In the fiscal year 2020-21 the Government business through WSHGs grew to Rs 2,172.02 crore thereby boosting the achievement to more than 217%. The number of WSHGs involved in Government business also increased to 62,514 in the year 2020-21.
The SHGs were mostly provided the Government business through the departments of Women and Child Development, Energy, Fisheries and Animal Resource Development, Health and Family Welfare, Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises, School and Mass Education, Food Supplies and Consumer Welfare, Housing and Urban Development, Agriculture and Farmers Empowerment, Scheduled Tribe and Scheduled Caste Development, Panchayati Raj and Drinking Water, Handloom, Handicraft and Textiles.
Development Commissioner Pardeep Kumar Jena, Additional Chief Secretary Forest and Environment Dr Mona Sharma, Additional Chief Secretary Health and Family Welfare PK Mohapatra and senior officials were present at the meeeting.