Kerala government announces completion of 2.5 lakh new houses for needy – ET RealEstate

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The Left government in Kerala on Thursday announced the completion of 2.5 lakh new houses under the “LIFE Mission” programme, its flagship housing project that envisages total housing for all homeless in the southern state.

“LIFE Mission” (Livelihood, Inclusion, Financial Empowerment) envisages not just giving a roof for those who do not have houses, but also a complete rehabilitation package for the homeless and landless in the state.

Declaring the completion of 2,50,547 houses across the state, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said it was a matter of pride for his government and their objective was to provide a home for all deserved people.

The government has also plans to construct additional 1.5 lakh new houses this year itself and the state is confidently marching towards the goal of zero homeless Kerala, he said in a Facebook post.

“Owning a home by his or her own is a dream of any human being. One of the most significant goals of this government was to stand with people to make this dream a reality,” he said.

Terming LIFE Mission as an “unparalleled housing development project,” the CM said it was an example of the government’s vision of how development should be done.

The government was paying great attention to the third phase of the ambitious initiative, he said adding that land has been identified for the construction of 85 complexes at this time.

Of this, the construction of five building complexes would be completed within two months, Vijayan said.

Earlier in the day, the Chief Minister visited the new house of Prabha, a homemaker residing at Vattiyoorkkavu here and attended the house-warming function of the building, constructed and handed over under the LIFE Mission programme.

He also shared the pictures of the house-warming ceremony in his official Facebook page.

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Kerala to construct 1.5 lakh more houses under Life Mission – ET RealEstate

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Finance minister Thomas Isaac, during his budget presentation, announced that all welfare pensions have been enhanced to Rs 1,600.

Isaac said that 5.5 crore food kits were distributed during the Covid-19 pandemic. Government has decided to continue with the distribution of food kits against the backdrop of rise in Covid cases. β€œIt has been decided to provide additional rice of 10 kg at Rs 15 to 50 lakh families having blue and white ration cards,” he said.

The state is providing help for in-patient treatment up to an amount of Rs 5 Lakh through Karunya health security scheme to 41.5 lakh families. Karunya Benevolent Fund will continue. A project for ensuring free treatment in the first 48 hours for those injured in road accidents will be implemented under this scheme, he said.

Through Life Mission 40,000 houses will be given to SC families and 12,000 houses to ST families. In addition to this, under Life Mission, 1.5 lakh more houses will be constructed.

As many as 7,500 houses will be constructed expending Rs 300 crore in coastal areas under Life Mission in 2021-22. A total of 2,500 fishermen will be rehabilitated under Punargeham Scheme, expending Rs 250 crore.

Meanwhile, the total outlay for National Employment Guarantee Scheme during 2021-22 is Rs 4,057 crore.

During 2021-22 labour budgets will be arranged with a view to provide work for at least an average of 75 days.

Welfare fund will be created for workers under the National Employment Guarantee Scheme in February, 2021. Draft rules have already been prepared.

Those who work at least 20 days in a year can be enrolled in the welfare fund. Matching contribution of the employee contribution will be provided by the government. When the employee leaves the scheme, the entire amount will be given. Pension will be given to all the members on completion of 60 years of age, on condition of availing no other pension. Henceforth, festival allowance will also be provided through welfare fund.

For eradication of absolute poverty the first thing to be done is to precisely identify four to five lakh absolutely poor families and to enlist them, said the minister. A priority list will be prepared by conducting a state level survey. Also, Rs.40 crore has been allocated as state plan provision for Ashraya scheme.

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