Staff Reporter

To identify beneficiaries for Kalaignar's Housing Scheme

NAGAPATTINAM: Beneficiary count through identification of thatched-roofed houses for the Kalaignar's Housing Scheme is scheduled to commence from March 29. The beneficiary identification work would be taken up at every village by a three-member team comprising of Village Administrative Officer, Peoples Welfare Worker and a Village Panchayat Worker. This would be supervised by officials from the Department of Rural Development and Revenue.

According to a press release from the Collectorate, the door numbers recorded in the May 2009, electoral rolls would serve as the house-hold identification number. Further, family cards, electricity bills, property tax number and other documentary evidence of ownership of house such as pattas etc would have to be produced during inspection.

The owners should be residents of the house at present. Further, in the event of locked houses at the time of beneficiary identification, the house owner ought to return to the review team prior to completion of supervision.

As Phase II, photographs(with beneficiaries in front of the house), along with other documentary evidence such as pattas would be secured.

All thatched-roofed houses (with or without unbaked bricks, or mud walls) would qualify under the scheme.

Under the Kalaignar's Housing Scheme, over three lakh houses are slated for construction during 2010-11. Each house would have a minimum built up area of 200 square feet at a construction cost of Rs.60,000. Beneficiaries or their dependents are entitled to construct houses on lines of the Indira Awaas Yojana and no contracts would be sought for the purpose. The following nature of houses would come under the scheme: hutments of tenants residing in thatched-roofed houses; houses that have thatched-roof spread over concrete, asbestos, scrap roofs; hutments set up for commercial use or to house domestic animals; hutments with partly concrete, asbestos, or scrap roofs and the rest with a thatched-roof; a hutment of a member of a family residing in a hutment; hutments of or the spouse of full-time, part-time, daily wagers, contract workers of local bodies, PSUs, government, government-aid, government affiliated, wards, welfare boards etc; hutments belonging to Members of Parliament, MLAs, or that of their spouse. The scheme would not apply to Pachayats that would be attached to Corporations and to Panchayats located within one kilometre from the coasts, the press release said.