A total of Rs.148 crore will be written off in the State
Thrissur: As many as 1,674 families belonging to the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes categories in the district will benefit from the debt relief scheme announced by the State government. Speaker K. Radhakrishnan inaugurated the scheme at a function held at the Town Hall here on Monday.
The scheme has been implemented through the Kerala State Development Corporation for Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes.
“The scheme is a great help to the poor families that are under debt-trap. It will help in the socio-economic empowerment of the backward communities. The Corporation should ensure that the benefits went to the eligible candidates,” he said.
He urged the beneficiaries not to pledge the title deeds again on the very next occasion.
Presiding over the function, Minister for the Welfare of Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes and Backward Communities A.K. Balan said that 13,847 families belonging to the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes categories in the State would benefit from the scheme. A total of Rs.148 crore would be written off, he said.
“All title deeds and other related documents collected as collateral security will be returned to the beneficiaries. The process will be completed in a time-bound manner,” he said.
The Kerala State Housing Board (KSHB) had written off loans to the tune of Rs.147 crore taken by 47,000 economically backward families in the State, he said.
“The government has distributed Rs.18 crore as medical assistance to persons belonging to the Scheduled Tribes. Power-on-demand scheme for Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes communities has been implemented successfully,” the Minister said.
Title deeds of 1,225 families in the district were returned at the function.
Revenue Minister K.P. Rajendran inaugurated the disbursal of loans at the function.
The State government had distributed land to 1,33,000 landless families, he said.
Mayor R. Bindu was the chief guest at the function. P.K. Biju and P.R. Rajan, MPs; Therambil Ramakrishnan, A.C. Moideen, V.S. Sunil Kumar, Rajaji Mathew Thomas, C. Raveendranath, B.D. Devassy, A.K. Chandran, Murali Perunnelly and K.V. Abdul Khader, MLAs; district panchayat president Ambadi Venu and others participated at the function.