Thrissur: Minister V. S. Sunil Kumar said that only seven percent of the population in Kerala are homeless whereas this is upto 67 percent in some other states. He was inaugurating the distribution of first instalment of Life-PMAY scheme of the corporation.
The minister also said that the Kerala government’s policy is equal distribution of benefits of development among people. He also criticised the central government of writing off huge loans taken by corporates instead of waiving the debts of poor farmers.
The first instalment of the scheme was received by percussion expert Kelath Aravindaksha Marar, who is an active presence in Ilanjithara Melam of Thrissur Pooram and other festivals. He has accompanied renowned percussionist Peruvanam Kuttan Marar in percussions, but nobody seemed to have identified him until the minister himself introduced him to the audience during his inaugural speech.
At present, Aravindaksha Marar stays with his nephews in his late sister Thankam’s house at Edakkunni. ‘I didn’t get time to build a house of my own,’ the 76-year-old percussion maestro smiles when asked about dreams of home.
Even at this age, he is active in percussion venues. ‘I have to go to a programme in Puthur this evening,’ he said with no tiredness of age.
Mayor Ajitha Vijayan, K. Rajan MLA, deputy mayor Rafi Jose, P. Sukumaran, Varghese Kandamkulathi, corporation secretary Vinu C. Kunhappan and others attended the function.