Free LPG for SC/ST families
Bangalore, June 20, DHNS :
The State government will provide free LPG connections to 10,000
Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe families in urban areas, excluding
BBMP jurisdiction, Social Welfare Minister A Narayanaswamy
announced here on Monday.
Addressing a press conference, Narayanaswamy said the beneficiaries
should be BPL card holders and should not have any cooking gas
connections. Residents in corporation, city municipal council, town
municipal council and town panchayat limits will be considered for the
scheme. Each LPG connection will cost the government around Rs 4,000
including the deposit and cost of the gas stove, he said.
Deputy commissioners have been authorised to prepare the district-wise
list within the next 15 days. Residents, who have availed benefits of
government housing schemes like Rajiv Gandhi Awaz Yojane, Amedkar
Housing Scheme and Vajpayee Housing Scheme will be given priority.
The Social Welfare department will also provide subsidies for drinking
water connection (Rs 1,500), underground drainage (Rs 5,000) to houses
belonging to SC/ST families in urban pockets. The total burden on the
exchequer, including the LPG scheme, is around Rs 20 crore.
The minister also reviewed the utilisation of funds earmarked for
SC/STs in Urban Local Bodies (ULBs).
It was found that 121 of the 191 ULBs had utilised less than 50 per
cent of the funds earmarked for the welfare of SC/STs.
As per the existing policy, 22.75 per cent of budgetary grants
allotted to each department should be utilised for the welfare of
SC/STs. Narayanaswamy said he had directed all the ULBs to prepare an
action plan for utilisation of these funds.
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