9000 beneficiaries get allotment certificates

Financial assistance of Rs 50,000 for construction of houses

Housing minister V Somanna distributed allotment certificates to 9,000 beneficiaries under the Basava Vasathi scheme at Hosakote in Nanjangud taluk here on Tuesday.

Speaking on the occasion, Somanna said the state government had introduced the Basava Vasathi scheme on the lines of Indira Awas scheme implemented by the central government. The scheme has been introduced to make a state sans huts.

He instructed zilla panchayat CEO G Sathyavati to give away the allotment certificates to the beneficiaries at the venue itself.

The beneficiaries would receive Rs 50,000 under the scheme and the houses should be built within six months. The scheme include GPS system to ensure transparency and prevent corruption. 

He said that the chief minister has been urged to set aside Rs four crore for the housing scheme in the forthcoming budget.

It was said that the state has 14 lakh people, but after a survey it has come to light that nine lakh don’t have shelter. The government plans to construct 50,000 houses and 20,000 have already been given permission for construction.

Every taluk in the state would receive 4,000 houses. But, 9,000 houses have been given to leader of Opposition in the Legislative Assembly Siddaramaiah’s constituency.

“It is true that politics has been polluted in the state. But, it doesn’t mean that the state government is lagging in undertaking development projects. The state government is ranked second in the country for implementation of housing projects. Also, a new housing scheme for poor would be introduced in March,” he announced.

Siddaramaiah urged the state government to increase the financial assistance to Rs one lakh from the existing Rs 50,000. 

The cost of building materials have increased. Assistance of Rs 50,00 won’t be sufficient to construct a house. He also sought waiver on loans taken by poor for construction of houses. 

Every year central government allots Rs 24,000 crore for Karnataka. “Only because we oppose the BJP government in the Legislative Assembly, it doesn’t mean that we oppose development projects. District-in-charge minister Ramdas should put an end to illegal sand mining,” he added.

MLA Dr H C Mahadevappa, zilla panchayat president Suneetha Veerappagowda, vice-president Shivaram, CEO G Sathyavati, Nanjangud taluk panchayat president D Chikkaveeramma, Mysore taluk panchayat president Netravathi, T Narsipur TP president Gayathri, APMC president Manjunath, M D Mahadevappa of Rajiv Gandhi Housing Board and others were present.

Rs 5 lakh awardRamdas said Rs 5 lakh would be given to the grama panchayat, which completes construction of houses first. “All houses should be constructed within the stipulated time frame,” he added.

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