Odisha’s government on Saturday signed a memorandum of understanding with an Ahmedabad-based organization for technical support to launch a training program for “Mission Shakti” self-help groups (SHGs) engaged in solid waste management .
This initiative aims to improve knowledge and impart skills to self-help groups by creating a pool of trainers and building the capacity of officials involved in sanitation-related work in towns and villages, according to an official statement. .
Housing and Urban Development Department principal secretary G Mathivathanan signed the memorandum of understanding with the Urban Management Center (UMC), a non-profit organization, he said.
This step will help build the capacity of around 2,000 officials, 250 mentors and 500 master trainers, who will then train 5,000 SHG members and nurture 2,000 more for future needs, the statement said.
“In the past two decades, nearly 6 lakhs of ‘Mission Shakti’ SHG have been trained in Odisha with the participation of almost 70 lakhs of women,” said Urban Development Minister Pratap Jena.
“Mission Shakti” is the self-help mission for the empowerment of women through the promotion of self-help groups to undertake various socio-economic activities. The state has prioritized systematic investments for the development of self-help groups to reduce poverty, he said. Jena said Odisha focused on solid waste management in line with the sustainable development goal of making cities clean.
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