KERALA

100 houses to be renovated

Magic with a mission: A magic show by Gopinath Muthukad which was staged at the Tagore Centenary Hall in the city on Tuesday to mobilise public support for the ‘Laksham Veedu’ scheme.

Magic with a mission: A magic show by Gopinath Muthukad which was staged at the Tagore Centenary Hall in the city on Tuesday to mobilise public support for the ‘Laksham Veedu’ scheme.  

Correspondent

KOZHIKODE: Local bodies have been directed to raise additional resources for the ‘M.N. Laksham veedu’ renovation scheme, Minister for Housing Benoy Viswom said here on Tuesday.

As many as 100 houses would be renovated in the district under this scheme, the Minister said at a meeting of presidents and secretaries of local bodies. The Minister recalled the enthusiastic public participation that the project evoked when it was launched 35 years ago.

The project had then received acceptance and applause from within and outside the country. However, many of the houses constructed under the scheme were now in a dilapidated condition and hence the government had launched a scheme to repair and renovate the houses at a cost of Rs.1 lakh each, Mr. Viswom said. Under the scheme, the government would give Rs. 1 lakh to beneficiaries who belonged to the Scheduled Tribe category, Rs.75,000 to Scheduled Castes and Rs.50,000 to other beneficiaries.

The Minister clarified that in case the allottee had transferred the ownership, the present occupant would be eligible to receive the benefit under the scheme.

MLA funds

District panchayat president K.P. Kunhammedkutty, who presided over the meeting, said local bodies would be free to make use of MLA funds for the project.

Kerala State Housing Board chairman M. Rahmatullah presided over the meeting. A programme was held at the Tagore Centenary Hall on Tuesday to mobile public support for the project. The function began with a magic show by Gopinath Muthukad.

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