“Aasare” scheme for flood – affected destitutes: Govt to pay Rs. 25,000 for additional rooms in “shelter” homes.
Bangalore: Over a lakh of people were rendered homeless destitutes in floods that engulfed many districts of North Karnataka borderlands in Oct 2009. Presently 60,000 houses in a better and higher locality at Kongawada in Hubli-Dharawad district are coming up after an year under Sri Dharmasthala rural development Scheme, of which 250 houses were ready and given away to various beneficiaries. But the house-key receivers found the new homes too small, whereupon CM agreed to pay Rs. 25,000 to construct additional rooms in each house, provided the home-owners also paid Rs. 25,000 for this additional room/s. All houses are expected to be ready by early 2011, CM said in the inaugural function on Thursday last.
The SBI and SBM have graciously come forward to give agricultural loans to farmers upto Rs. 50,000 for the current season at 3% and only 2% interest respectively. State Bank of Mysore is the first in the nation among nationalized banks to uplift local farmers on such a loan given at just 2% interest, it is learnt, and this is a model for all other nationalized banks to follow suit, CM informed in a meeting.