A house built under LIFE Mission scheme. File photo | Photo: Mathrubhumi
Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan on May 4 will hand over keys to 20,073 houses to LIFE Mission beneficiaries. The houses were completed as part of the 100-day action plan, associated with the government's second anniversary. Additionally, contracts will be signed with 41,439 beneficiaries of the mission.
The event will take place in Kollam. Local Self-Government Minister MB Rajesh will preside over the function.
Rajesh said that despite financial difficulties, the government is proceeding rapidly to provide houses for all the homeless. The minister also stated that there is no other such extensive housing scheme in the world.
Government says the LIFE Mission has completed 3,42,156 houses so far. It targeted building 1,06,000 houses in the financial year 2022-23. From April 2022 to March 31, 2023, as many as 54,648 houses have been completed, while more than 67,000 houses are in various stages of construction.
Under the 'Manassodithiri Mannu' campaign, 23.5 acre of land have been offered for the rehabilitation of landless homeless people. Of this, 12.32 acre of land have been handed over to eligible beneficiaries. To further support the cause, the Chittilappilly Foundation has signed an MoU with the government to provide financial assistance of Rs 25 crore, at a maximum rate of Rs 2.5 lakh per family, to purchase land for 1,000 landless and homeless families.
Among the 3,69,262 landless and homeless families who are included in the LIFE beneficiary list of 2020, the government has directed to speed up the actions on beneficiaries belonging to scheduled castes, scheduled tribes and fisheries communities. Following this, 46,380 beneficiaries entered into contracts for the construction of houses, and 587 of them have completed the construction. Out of 8,058 families identified as extremely poor, 2,358 have contracted for the construction of houses, and 47 have completed the construction of houses, the government said.
Four housing complexes have already been inaugurated. The construction of 25 housing complexes is currently in progress at various stages. Additionally, the government has announced plans to construct new housing complexes in the panchayats of Nellikuzhi in Ernakulam district and Poovachal in Thiruvananthapuram district.
The housing complexes under construction in Chemmanad in Kasaragod district, Anthoor and Kannapuram in Kannur district, Chathamangalam in Kozhikode district, Thathamangalam in Palakkad district, Kattappana in Idukki district, Mannancherry in Alappuzha district, and Enathu in Pathanamthitta district are targeted for completion by July 2023. It is expected that 324 landless families will be rehabilitated through these housing complexes, the government stated in a press release.