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Cabinet okays Rs 12K- cr Griha Lakshmi Scheme

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PNS|Hyderabad

The Telangana Cabinet gave its nod to the Griha Lakshmi Scheme for the construction of houses for those who own plots.

The Telangana Cabinet meeting was held at the Pragati Bhavan on Thursday under the chairmanship of Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao.

The Cabinet discussed many issues and took decisions. Finance and Health Minister T. Harish Rao briefed the media about the Cabinet decisions.

Harish said, “The State Government decided to name the new housing programme as ‘Griha Lakshmi Scheme’ to provide financial assistance to those who have their own land to build houses. The Cabinet decided to provide Rs 3 lakh as grant to 4 lakh people under the scheme. 3,000 houses will be built under the scheme in each Assembly constituency. Apart from this, 43,000 houses will be sanctioned under the state quota.”

The government provides Rs 3 lakh as grant to each household. The government will deposit Rs 3 lakh as grant in the beneficiary’s bank account directly. The amount will be deposited in three instalments of Rs 1 lakh each.

Harish said, “Rs 12,000 crore has been allocated in the budget for this scheme. The amount will be given in the name of women.”

The cabinet clarified that the construction and distribution of houses under the Double Bedroom Housing scheme will continue in addition to the Grilahakshmi scheme.

The Cabinet approved the waiver of loans worth Rs 4,000 crore given by the previous governments to build houses for the poor through the Housing Corporation.

The Cabinet approved the government’s decision to go to the Supreme Court on Bills pending with the Governor. Harish said the Cabinet ratified the decision of the government to go to the Supreme Court over pending Bills.

The cabinet adopted a resolution to unveil India’s tallest statue of the Architect of Indian Constitution Bharat Ratna Dr BR Ambdekar on his birthday on April 14.

“Lakhs of Dalits from all over the state will be invited to Hyderabad to witness the inauguration of the statue. A mammoth public meeting will be held on the occasion,” Harish said.

Dr BR Ambedkar Telangana State Secretariat and Martyrs’ Memorial will be inaugurated on the day soon after completion of works.

The Cabinet took the decision to extend the application time by a month as a last chance for those waiting to regularize their properties under GO 58 and 59. So far 1,45,668 people benefitted from GO 58 and 42,000 people benefited through GO 59.

In the background of the Cabinet’s decision to extend the cut-off date from 2014 to 2020, others will be provided an opportunity to build houses on lands covered under GO 58 and 59.

In view of the large number of devotees going for Kashi Yatra from Telangana, the Cabinet decided to construct a guest house there for their convenience. The guest house will have an area of 60,000 square feet. Rs 25 crore was sanctioned for this. A group of ministers led by the Chief Secretary would visit Kashi for site selection.

Similarly, for the convenience of Telangana devotees at Sabarimala, the Cabinet decided to construct a guest house there as well and sanctioned Rs 25 crore.

CMO OSD Priyanka Varghese has been entrusted with these responsibilities. Subsequently, the Cabinet decided that a team of ministers will go and start work there. Earlier, KCR discussed this matter with the Kerala CM, Harish said

KCR directed the concerned authorities to immediately start the second phase of Dalit Bandhu distribution programme for 1,30,000 families. The Cabinet decided to organize Dalit Bandhu celebrations on August 16 every year.

In 118 constituencies, the Cabinet decided to extend Dalit Bandhu benefits to 1100 people in each constituency. Dalit Bandhu will be implemented for 1,29,800 families in this phase.

The responsibility to select another 200 beneficiaries has been entrusted to the Chief Secretary. A total of 1,30,000 families will be provided Dalit Bandhu benefits. District Collectors will select the beneficiaries.

Harish said the Cabinet decided to distribute 4,00,903 acres of Podu lands to 1,55,393 forest dwellers in the state.

“All the processes are completed and everything is ready for the distribution of pattas. The Cabinet decided to start the distribution immediately. The process of distribution of Podu lands will continue,” he said.

The Cabinet decided to take up the distribution of sheep to the 50 per cent identified beneficiaries immediately. The Cabinet approved the allocation of Rs 4,463 crore for the purpose.

Sheep distribution will start from April and will be completed in August. Under the direction of District Collectors, orders have been given to conduct this process in a transparent and expeditious manner.

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