Housing scheme for Muslim-Christian widows in Kerala

The Department of Minority Welfare is constructing 250 houses across the State for widows belonging to minority religions such as Muslim, Christian (majorly)  and divorcee women who have not remarried.

BENEFIT SCHEME:Minister for Welfare of Minorities Manjalamkuzhi Ali inaugurating the State-level distribution of a housing aid scheme for widowed and divorced women from minority communitiesin Malappuram on Friday.

The department proposes to give Rs.2 lakh a house as financial assistance, which need not be repaid.
Applicants should not have remarried within three years of submitting the application form and should have a minimum of three cents of litigation-free and liability-free land in their own name. Those who have received housing aid from the government or similar agencies earlier are not eligible to apply.

Applicants should fill in the prescribed form and submit it along with a copy of the property tax receipt for the current financial year, copy of the ration card, and copy of a certificate of permanent residence from local bodies to the minority welfare division in respective district collectorates. The application can also be sent by post to the Deputy District Collector (General), district minority welfare section, District Collectorate. 

The last date for receipt of applications is October 31 Application forms are available from the minority welfare sections in Collectorates or can be downloadedwww.minoritywelfare kerala.gov.inFor details, call (0471) 230 2090.

News on Feb 2014:

The Kerala government launched a new housing scheme by giving aid to widowed and divorced women of minority religions. Inaugurating the first instalment of the housing aid distribution at a function held at the Collectorate here, Minister for Urban Affairs and Welfare of Minorities Manjalamkuzhi Ali said that more beneficiaries would be included in the scheme soon.

The government is providing Rs. 2 lakh each to 250 minority widows and divorcees across the State.
Fifty-four of them are from Malappuram district. The Minister said that the scheme would be expanded to cover more beneficiaries.

Mentioning a series of projects being implemented by the Department of Minority Welfare, Mr. Ali said that the State government was trying hard to change the notion harboured by the people of Malabar that government jobs were unreachable for them.

“Providing house and drinking water alone will not help to uplift the minorities. What is essential for them is education,” said the Minister.
Presenting a report, District Collector K. Biju said that 54 beneficiaries were selected in the district from 963 applications. When 938 applicants were Muslim, 25 were Christian.

Fifty of the beneficiaries are Muslim and four are Christian.
P. Ubaidulla, MLA, presided. Minorities Welfare Directorate head P. Nazeer welcomed the gathering.
Kerala State Minorities Development Finance Corporation director Haneefa Perincheeri, Malappuram Municipal vice-chairperson K.M. Girija, Opposition Leader in Municipality Paloli Kunhimohammed, Municipal councillor U. Krishnan spoke.
Additional District Magistrate P. Muraleedharan proposed a vote of thanks.

Reference:

http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/housing-scheme-for-women/article5715833.ece

http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-national/tp-kerala/housing-scheme-for-widows-divorcees/article5188429.ece

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