A rare opportunity for villagers

PONDICHERRY OCT. 10. It was a rare opportunity for a villager to receive a sum of Rs 20,000.

Scores of poor villagers from various Assembly constituencies received the first instalment of housing subsidy of Rs 20,000 recently.

The administration had launched the scheme, under which a total grant of Rs 40,000 would be provided as subsidy for housing to the poor.

The remaining part would be issued in next two instalments, provided the beneficiary spends the first instalment to construct the house to the expected level. The site was made available to the beneficiaries by the Government earlier.

The Government disbursed Rs. 2 crores as housing grant to nearly 800 persons and as marriage grant to poor families.

The Local Administration Minister, A. Elumalai distributed the first instalment at a function at Oussudu on Thursday.

The administration has also drawn up a scheme to replace huts in slums with concrete structures.