Staff Reporter

Poverty alleviation schemes in Kollam budget

Rs.17 crore for development of roads

Rs.1 crore allocated for industry

KOLLAM: The annual budget of Kollam district panchayat for 2008-’09 lays thrust on agriculture and animal husbandry projects. It envisages surplus of Rs.54.62 lakh. Revenue has been projected at Rs.99,21,97,361 and expenditure at Rs.98, 67,35,300. The budget was presented on Wednesday by district panchayat vice-president Kollayil Sudhevan.

Agriculture gets an allocation of Rs.2.4 crore. Of this, Rs.50 lakh each has been earmarked for paddy cultivation and paddy fields development. A sum of Rs.10 lakh is set aside for preparation of the Kottarakara Farm for producing the seeds required for paddy cultivation in the district.

The State Seed Farm at Kadakkal has been sanctioned Rs.10 lakh for procuring quality saplings and seeds for distribution. An amount of Rs.10 lakh has been allocated for agricultural fairs. A similar amount has been set aside for planting saplings of one lakh trees in the district.

Animal husbandry and dairy development get an allocation of Rs.2.65 crore. Under this head, Rs.85 lakh has been sanctioned for the construction of a building for the District Veterinary Centre; Rs.30 lakh for the construction of a Dairy Training Centre at Elampallur; and Rs.67.5 lakh for the construction of buildings for 27 milk cooperatives. An elaborate scheme has been prepared for augmenting milk production in the district. A sum of Rs.83 lakh has been allocated for the purpose.

Elaborate schemes have been proposed for poverty alleviation. The schemes include the Swarna Jayanthi Grama Swarasgar Yojana, Indira Avas Yojana, Hariyali, the Prime Minister’s Grama Sadak Yojana Vibag, the District Rural Development Agency and the National Rural Employment Guarantee Act.

Preventing erosion

An amount of Rs.1.5 crore has been allocated to prevent erosion and Rs.1 crore for small irrigation projects. Industry also gets an allocation of Rs.1 crore. Of this, Rs.30 lakh has been allocated for the welfare of the coir, handloom and khadi sectors and Rs.10 lakh for the modernisation of five industrial estates established by the district panchayat.

The Health sector gets an allocation of Rs.1.35 lakh. Of this, Rs.30 lakh goes for the commissioning of a dialysis unit at the District Hospital and Rs.10 lakh for opening a paediatric ICU at the Government Victoria Hospital for Women and Children. An amount of Rs.5 lakh has been sanctioned for supplying nutritious food for HIV-infected persons.

An allocation of Rs.20 lakh has been made towards cancer detection and treatment for coir, cashew and fish workers. Another Rs. 20 lakh has been allocated for commissioning a garbage treatment plant at the Government Victoria Hospital complex.

School buildings

Building construction for schools gets an allocation of Rs.11.35 crore and Rs. 17 crore for development of roads. Drinking water schemes get an allocation Rs.1.10 crore, and Rs.50 lakh for maintaining hygiene.

Social welfare gets an allocation of Rs.1.75 crore. The break-up being Rs. 25 lakh for those affected by natural calamities, Rs.15 lakh for the welfare of the physically challenged and Rs.10 lakh for geriatric care. The district panchayat will join hands with the District Tourism Promotion Council for bringing out a book on the tourism potential of the district. A sum of Rs.5 lakh has been allocated for the purpose.