//Aid for 10,000 SC families to buy land, build houses

Aid for 10,000 SC families to buy land, build houses

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The SC/ST Development Department has drawn up a scheme to provide financial support to 10,000 landless Scheduled Caste families to purchase land and construct houses. Rs.70,000 for housing scheme and Rs.19,500 for buying land Rs. 35 crores earmarked for scheme Beneficiaries to be identified by January 20 Land for 1,000 tribal families by month-end Scheduled and Backward Communities Welfare Minister A.P. Anil Kumar told a news conference here on Wednesday that 5,000 SC families would be given Rs.70,000 each to construct houses and another 5,000 families Rs.19,500 each to purchase land. The Government has earmarked Rs.35 crores for the scheme and the selection of beneficiaries would be completed by January 20, he said. Mr. Anil Kumar said the financial assistance would be available for purchase of up to three cents of land in panchayat areas and up to two cents in municipal and corporation areas. Persons with not less than three cents of land in their possession can apply for the housing assistance. The Minister said steps have been taken to simplify the procedures for extending assistance under the scheme. Persons applying for assistance under the scheme would not be required to submit the relevant documents. Only the select beneficiaries would be required to submit the documents. The Government had provided housing assistance to 5,000 SC families and assistance for purchase of land to 3,000 families under the same scheme. In addition, Rs.2 crores were disbursed to enable past beneficiaries under the scheme to complete construction of their houses. Mr. Anil Kumar said the Kerala State Development Corporation for Christian Converts from Scheduled Castes and the Recommended Communities has also given shape to 15 schemes to mark its silver jubilee. Under the scheme, the financial assistance for purchase of land by landless and shelterless persons covered by the Corporation would be increased from Rs.50,000 to Rs.1 lakh, he said. Hindu, Jan 5,2006 http://www.hindu.com/2006/01/05/stories/2006010503210400.htm