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Housing scheme to be completed by December: Stalin

Coimbatore Bureau

— PHOTO S.SIVA SARAVANAN

Deputy Chief Minister M.K. Stalin handing over the key of a house at a Samathuvapuram he inaugurated at Arasur in Coimbatore on Sunday.

COIMBATORE: The first phase of the Kalaignar Housing Scheme which the State Government announced this year will be completed by December, said M.K. Stalin, Deputy Chief Minister, here on Sunday.

He was speaking at a function organised in Arasur to inaugurate Periyar Ninaivu Samathuvapuram, give away revolving fund to self-help group members, declare open new buildings and distribute financial assistance to beneficiaries. In the first phase, the Government said it would construct three lakh houses. They were under various stages of completion.

At a few places, work was nearing completion, at a few other locations around 75 per cent of the work had been completed. And, at others nearly 50 per cent had been completed. Ministers were regularly monitoring the progress of the works, he said and added that as promised 21 lakh houses would be constructed in the next six years.

Mr. Stalin further said that the Government had initially allotted Rs. 1,800 crore for the scheme but after consultations with political parties and in deference to their suggestions, had increased the same to Rs. 2,250 crore.

By way of the increased allocation, the Government had hiked the amount given to each house from Rs. 60,000 to Rs. 75,000.

The State Government had spent Rs. 7,756 crore towards SHG movement in the last four years. This was way above the Rs. 1,664 the previous AIADMK government spent during its five-year term. Disbursing assistance to SHGs in Tirupur, Mr. Stalin said the State ranked high in the formation and development of SHGs. These were formed first in the State in 1989 at Dharmapuri during the DMK regime. The State had 73.6 lakh members in 4.7 lakh groups. Inaugurating a samathuvapuram at Gudimangalam Panchayat in Tirupur district in the morning, Mr. Stalin said 30 more samathuvapurams would be opened across the State this year. Till 2001, samathuvapurams were set up in 140 places in the State. The scheme was discontinued when the DMK lost power in 2001.

After the DMK's return to power in 2006, it announced 95 more samathuvapurams would be built. Twenty were opened last year and 36 would be added next year.

Handlooms and Textiles Minister K.K.S.S.R. Ramachandran, Rural Industries Minister Pongalur N. Palanisamy, Highways and Minor Ports Minister M.P. S. Saminathan and MLAs participated in the functions. Coimbatore Collector P. Umanath took part in the Arasur function. Tirupur Collector C. Samayamurthy was present at the function in Tirupur

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