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Bhagyalakshmi scheme to benefit 11 lakh children in State

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Beneficiaries to get medical coverage and free education


Government plans to keep aside Rs. 3,000 crore for empowering self-help groups

Officials asked to prepare action plan to implement Rs. 100-crore development projects




Welfare measure: Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa giving away a sari to the mother of a beneficiary of the Bhagyalakshmi scheme in Karwar on Friday. Primary and Secondary Education Minister and district in charge Vishweshwar Hegde Kageri and Women and Child Development Minister C.C. Patil are seen.

Karwar: Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa has said that the Opposition parties the Congress and Janata Dal (Secular) were making false allegations against his Government.

Speaking at the function organised to distribute bonds and saris to Bhagyalakshmi scheme beneficiaries, Mr. Yeddyurappa said that had the BJP won 10 more seats in the last Assembly elections, it would have made a significant difference in governance. He appealed to the people to give BJP a clear mandate during the next election so that it avoids confusion.

Mr. Yeddyurappa told presspersons that they should check the quality of the saris being distributed to the mothers of Bhagyalakshmi scheme beneficiaries. He told them that the scheme was launched in order to help the girl child in poor families and not for votes.

He said that from October 23, he had distributed Bhagyalakshmi bonds in 23 districts. The scheme aims to empower women and encourage economically poor families to educate girls.

Under the scheme, the beneficiary girl child, upon attaining the age of 18, would be entitled to get Rs. 1 lakh. The only condition is that the girl should have completed SSLC to become eligible to get the scheme benefit. In case of any emergency, under the scheme girls get the medical coverage.

According to Mr. Yeddyurappa, 11 lakh children will benefit from the scheme this year alone. Besides that, the beneficiaries will get free education.

Mr. Yeddyurappa announced that his Government would build houses for all people living in huts and for the homeless.

On the denotified land allotted to his son B.Y. Raghavendra, MP, Mr. Yeddyurappa said that he will return it to the Government though all other MPs, even those from the Congress and JD(S) had been allotted land.

Mr. Yeddyurappa said that he plans to keep aside Rs. 3,000 crore for empowering the self-help groups and during the next budget, thrust would be on educating the girl child. The Chief Minister directed the officials concerned to prepare an action plan to implement Rs. 100 crore development projects in Uttara Kannada district.

On the occasion, he said that additional relief of Rs. 5 crore would be released to the flood-affected areas of Uttara Kannnada district.

Mr. Yeddyurappa' helicopter developed a technical snag because of which he travelled by road from Hubli to Karwar.

He was late by three hours. After the function, Mr. Yeddyurappa left for Bagalkot and said he would proceed to New Delhi to meet the party high command to discuss the issue of political crisis in the State.

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