Odishatv Bureau

Bhubaneswar: Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Thursday asked the collectors of all districts to hand over unused state properties in different districts, blocks and panchayats to Mission Shakti Mahasanghs within two months to empower women in the State.

Mission Shakti Mahasangh, the apex body of women self help groups in the State work at the district, block and panchayat levels.

Mentioning that Mission Shakti members can utilise many unused government properties like buildings, shops, ponds in panchayats, blocks and districts properties for the social and economic development if handed over to them, Patnaik said that common people will be benefited and mothers of Mission Shakti can utilise these in financial activities.

He said that empowerment of women has always been the priority of the state government. Mission Shakti has become the torchbearer of transformation. This initiative will be beneficial in strengthening the quiet movement of mothers, he said.

The state government has set up a separate Mission Shakti department last month with the aim to empower women SHGs socially and economically.

(With Inputs From PTI)