Rs 2500 cr for housing project, Rs 954 cr for food subsidy
Thiruvananthapuram: Finance Minister Thomas Isaac said Friday that the benefits and assistance for the destitute is the prime concern of the budget. Presenting the state budget, he said the social security mission which was declared already, will be implemented in the year 2018-19.
The Food Security Act will be effectively implemented to ensure quality food for everyone. The procedures to include the deserved in the priority list of ration supply and to exclude the undeserved will be finished soon. Rs 954 crore will be allocated towards food subsidy.
Selected ration shops will be turned into margin free grocery shops. A Rs 20 crore project will be allotted for realizing the Hunger-free Kerala project. Broiler chicken farming will be widely promoted in order to provide meat for fair price.
Rs 2500 crores will be allocated for the LIFE Mission housing project in order to realize the target of 100 per cent homes. Rs 4 lakh each will be spent to build houses for 4,21,000 homeless people. The government will provide a financial assistance of Rs 2 lakh for the houses under PMAY scheme and Rs 1 lakh for other houses. The local self-governments have to find rest of the amount. An apartment-model shelter will be arranged for the homeless people.
The medical treatment facilities have been made better in the medical colleges, and district and taluk hospitals with the help of KIIFB. Oncology departments will start functioning in all medical colleges. Malabar Cancer Centre will be improved to the standards of RCC. A new cancer centre will be started in Kochi, which will enable to provide cancer treatment in the public sector.
A public health project will be formed to prevent lifestyle diseases. The profit earned from lotteries will be used for the health project. Kerala will become the first state in the country to ensure universal health coverage, the finance minister said.