Kerala Pradesh Congress Committee president Ramesh Chennithala has said that the Kaniyanthra Scheduled Caste colony will be included on the list of 140 such model colonies announced by the Department of Welfare of the Scheduled Castes. The colony will thus get an assistance of Rs. 1 crore.

Mr. Chennithala was speaking at the colony here on Thursday where he visited houses as part of his Gandhi Gramam campaign.

He said utilisation of the Rs. 1 crore for developing infrastructure would be monitored by a committee comprising members from the reception committee of the Gandhi Gramam campaign and representatives of all political parties in the area. The residents of the colony would get insurance cover for the treatment of cancer at the Regional Cancer Centre, Thiruvananthapuram. The colony was in an area where a large number of cancer cases had been reported.

The premium for the insurance scheme would be paid by a committee formed for the oversight of the Gandhi Gramam campaign.

“In the first phase, premium for 1,000 persons will be paid from the fund allotted for the Gandhi Gramam campaign,” he said.

Medical camp

A medical camp will be organised in the colony with the help of doctors from the Government Medical College Hospital, Alappuzha. Mr. Chennithala promised a motorbike and a wheelchair for two persons. The case of some of the residents of the colonies for employment and higher studies would be considered.

He said Rs. 30 lakh would be sanctioned for laying the Narakathara-Pattathanam road. A socioeconomic survey of the conditions of those in the colony was conducted as part of the campaign.