Thursday, November 22, 2012

Congress to give houses, plots to non-BPL poor too

DNA Correspondent l Surat
Pleasantly surprised by the overwhelming response to its Ghar Nu Ghar scheme, Gujarat Pradesh Congress Committee (GPCC) declared its fourth point of Lokhit Mudda, promising to provide houses and plots of land to poor people in all 18,000 villages of the state if it comes to power.

The Congress declared that it will provide a house spread on 30 sq mt and an open plot measuring 100 square yards to the poor, who have been left out of the below poverty line (BPL) category in all villages of the state. To enable the purchase of these houses and plots, special low interest finance options will be made available to them. Those getting the house and plot will be given a 15-year long loan tenure to repay the amount.

“At present, there is a scheme from the union government, under which it provides a house and a plot of this size to people falling under BPL. We have decided to include poor people other than BPL in the project so that they can also realise their dream, without much difficulty,” Tushar Chaudhry, union minister for roads and transport, who was in Surat to address a press conference, said while making public the fourth Lokhit mudda.

“In all 15 lakh houses and 15 lakh plots will be given to poor people other than those falling in BPL category. The house will be worth Rs1 lakh, while the plot will be under Rs1akh. We will fulfill our promises once voted to power,” Chaudhry added.

The minister also lashed out at the state government for defaming the union government. He said that the union government has always felt for the poor and therefore launched flats for the Economically Weaker Section (EWS) under JNNURM scheme. In Surat alone 43,000 EWS flats have been approved by the union 

Gujarat EDN
DNA 23AUG2012