SALEM: More people are coming forward to get assistance under Total Sanitation Campaign after increasing the government subsidy to Rs. 1,200 for constructing an individual toilet, Union Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment Subbulakshmi Jagadeesan said.
At the District Vigilance and Monitoring Committee meeting here on Tuesday, the Minister reviewed development schemes in the district. She told the officials that earlier, the subsidy was Rs. 500.
The Salem district was allotted Rs. 24.48 crore under seven major development schemes. The ditrict administration completed works to the tune of Rs. 20 crore under these schemes so far. The schemes included Swarna Jayanthi Gram Swarozgar Yojana, Total Sanitation Campaign, Indira Awaz Yojana and Drought Prone Areas Programme. A few development works were not completed due to the delay in the allotment of funds, she observed.
The Minister asked the elected representatives of local bodies to work for the abolition of child labour.
Collector N. Mathivanan presided over the meeting. Project Officer, District Rural Development Agency, Jaganathan and senior officials were present.