Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Wednesday dismissed the Opposition's charge that the LDF government's ambitious housing scheme Life Mission was going on at a slow pace and said over five lakh beneficiaries had been identified under the initiative.
Kudumbashree, the all-women collective, had conducted a state-wide survey and as many as 797 local self-government bodies had finalised the list of beneficiaries, the CM told the Assembly.
Pinarayi was replying to a notice for adjournment motion by the Congress-led UDF opposition members, alleging confusion and technical complexities in identifying beneficiaries under the programme.
The Chief Minister said that a total of 75,065 Scheduled Caste people, 14,085 Scheduled Tribes and 6,000 fishermen were among those identified as beneficiaries.
"The survey has identified 5.13 lakh persons as homeless in the state. We are trying to address the issues of all of them under the Life mission programme," the CM said.
The aim was to complete construction of 66,750 houses, work of which began under various earlier schemes but remained incomplete, before March 31 this year, Pinarayi said. Construction of houses of those who have neither land nor houses would be considered in the next phase, the CM added.
"The construction of houses for 1.76 lakh homeless people who have land by their own will be completed by 2018-19," the CM said, adding that Rs 4 lakh would be spent for each such house.
(With PTI inputs)