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Helping hand: Chief Minister V. Vaithilingam handing over financial assistance to a beneficiary in Puducherry on Thursday. Speaker R. Radhakrishnan is in the picture. —
Helping hand: Chief Minister V. Vaithilingam handing over financial assistance to a beneficiary in Puducherry on Thursday. Speaker R. Radhakrishnan is in the picture. —

Staff Reporter

Over 600 to benefit before end of the current financial year

PUDUCHERRY: The territorial administration has started distributing a sum of Rs. 2 lakh towards construction of houses for Adi Dravidars. Chief Minister V. Vaithilingam, along with his Cabinet colleagues and Speaker R. Radhakrishnan, handed over the first instalment to nine beneficiaries on Thursday.

Mr. Vaithilingam told reporters that applications from members belonging to the community would be called from all constituencies. More than 600 beneficiaries would be provided assistance before the end of the current financial year, he said.

The beneficiaries would be given Rs. 50,000 in first instalment and Rs. 1 lakh to procure construction materials, he said, adding that the remaining amount would be given after the construction was completed.

The expenditure for the scheme would be partly met through grant extended by the Union government and loan from the Housing Urban Development Corporation (HUDCO). The Centre had agreed to provide a grant of Rs. 40 crore towards providing housing facility to socially marginalised sections of society, Mr. Vaithilingam said.

The government had received the consent from HUDCO to release Rs. 153 crore to provide housing and other basic amenities to Adi Dravidars. Twenty per cent of the loan amount would be utilised for providing financial assistance to persons belonging to Other Backward Castes, he said.

To a query on convening the Assembly, Mr. Vaithilingam said it was likely to be convened in the second week of March. The administration was waiting for clearance from the Union Ministry of Home Affairs.


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