Staff Reporter

KOLLAM: Agriculture Minister Mullakkara Ratnakaran has said that Kollam will be made a model district in the implementation of the ‘Laksham Veettil Lakshyam Pachakari’ scheme.

He was inaugurating a meeting at the District Panchayat Hall here on Tuesday with the Agriculture Department officials and representatives of various voluntary organisations.

The meeting was to help find sponsors for insuring Laksham Veedu colony residents who are members of the scheme in the medical insurance cover of the Regional Cancer Centre. Insurance coverage for cancer patients is one of the aims of the scheme. Mr. Ratnakaran wanted the insurance programme to progress in such a manner that all farmers under the scheme in the district were covered within a year.

Under the scheme, other welfare measures too were being planned for the colony residents. These included campaigns to redeem colony residents from alcoholism drug addiction. Talented children among them would be identified and promoted.

The Minister said that at the Chidara Laksham Veedu colony he was surprised to find a good lot of residents with unique talents in music and dance. They should be encouraged. With the right kind of encouragement, these colonies could produce doctors and engineers, he said.