Minister for Local Self-Government Paloli Mohammed Kutty has said that the Attappady development project has helped provide houses to nearly 2,000 Adivasi families there and the State government is keen on providing houses under various schemes to every poor family who does not own one.

He was speaking after inaugurating a website launched by the Idukki district administration for the E.M.S. Housing Scheme and distributing keys of houses to the beneficiaries of the M.N. One-lakh Houses Project at Chottupara and Machiplavu in Adimaly on Saturday.

He said Idukki lagged in the implementation of various schemes for the poor, and many more should benefit from the housing schemes in the district.

Though Adimaly stood first in the district in the implementation of the Mahatama Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme, more people there should have benefited from it.

He said since the M.N. project was started in 1970, local-level implementation of housing schemes had benefited many.

The local bodies entrusted with the repair of roads in plantation areas got the work carried out well.

A micro-level development agenda and vigil by people would eliminate delay and ensure accountability and transparency in projects, the Minister said.

Crematorium

Earlier, the Minister inaugurated a public crematorium constructed using funds allotted by the Devikulam block panchayat in Munnar.

P.T. Thomas, MP, S. Rajendran, MLA, and district panchayat president Lata Rajaji attended the function.

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