Staff Correspondent

Udupi: Home Minister V.S. Acharya said on Saturday that the State Government wanted all its programmes to reach the people.

He was speaking at the “Janaspandana”, the mass contact programme, organised by the district administration at Shivapura village in Karkala taluk of Udupi district.

Stating that 38,000 applications had been received for the Sandhya Suraksha scheme in the district, he said 98 per cent of the applications had been cleared. A meeting would convened within a fortnight to decide on the issues concerning land conversion in the district. The Government intended to provide three lakh houses to the poor in the State every year, he said.

He said that the Government had released Rs. 1 crore from the calamity relief fund for repair of roads in the district. It intended to give more grants to the zilla and gram panchayats, Dr. Acharya said.

Karkala MLA Gopal Bhandary urged the Government to take steps to provide sites and ration cards to the poor people.

Deputy Commissioner P. Hemalatha, chief executive officer of the zilla panchayat Prasanna Kumar, president of Karkala taluk panchayat Sundar, Zilla Panchayat members N.B. Babu and Sunanda Kumar were among those present.