Kalaignar Housing Scheme evokes a lot of interest

A gram sabha meet at Navalpattu Panchayat in Tiruchi district. Photo:R. Ashok   | Photo Credit: R. Ashok

The newly announced ‘Kalaignar Housing Scheme’ to provide concrete buildings for the poor generated interest among below poverty line families during the gram sabha meetings held in 408 panchayats in the district as part of the Republic Day celebrations on Tuesday.

As per the scheme, 21 lakh poor families residing in thatched houses on own land or houseless families with registered pattas will be provided with free concrete houses over a six-year period.

The meetings took a preliminary count of the eligible beneficiaries under the mega scheme.

The participants were informed that the national scheme that provided a legal guarantee of one hundred days of employment in a year – hitherto termed as National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme – will henceforth be implemented under Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act.

At the Navalpattu Panchayat, the meeting was presided over by its president, K. Kayalvizhi. The participants were apprised about the enhancement of daily wages from Rs. 80 to Rs. 100 under the rural employment guarantee scheme.

The meeting discussed the advantages that had accrued from the scheme through the deepening of two tanks _ Navilikulam and Thamaraikulam.

Works will be taken up under the scheme to desilt the tank abutting the Tamil Nadu Housing Board locality at Anna Nagar, it was decided.

Under the “one rupee a kilogram” rice scheme, ten families were identified for provision of 30 kgs a month from the existing level of 20 kg, based on their economic condition and the number of members in their families, said Ms. Kayalvizhi.

Taking part in one such meeting at Pazhankaveri hamlet of Pettavaithalai Panchayat in Anthanallur Panchayat Union, Collector T. Soundiah elaborated on the financial allotment made by the Central Government for implementing various schemes for rural progress and said the four to five meetings of gram sabha evey year were meant to ensure that the funds were utilised well for providing basic amenities to the people.

He advised eligible beneficiaries under Kalaignar Housing Scheme to register their names promptly with their respective panchayats. The one rupee rice scheme, distribution of free television sets, marriage assistance scheme of Rs. 20,000 per eligible beneficiary, emergency ambulance service, and loans provided to women SHGs were among the schemes the Collector listed to describe the efforts of the State Government to accord a fillip to well-being of villagers and progress of village economy.

Panchayat president S. Mahalakshmi presided over the meeting. Project Director of District Rural Development Officer R. Venkatachalam, Assistant Director – Panchayat A.M. Mohamed Jaffer, Anthanallur Panchayat Union Chairman S. Durairaj, and Srirangam Tahsildar Zeenath Begum took part.

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