The Kerala government on Tuesday announced an ambitious programme ‘Sampoorna Bhavanam’ aimed at ensuring dwellings for all in the state.
Chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan said the Left Front government will construct multi-storeyed housing complexes across the state to accommodate the homeless. “In five years, we will ensure houses for all. At least 2 lakh houses will be built under the initiative called ‘Sampoorna Bhavanam’,” Vijayan said.
Besides government funding, Kerala will also seek funds from people willing to help, he said.
Such houses cannot be sold or transferred to check misuse, and the government will set up a high-level committee to identify the beneficiaries.
Those who occupy such houses will have to pay a nominal amount for 20 years. This amount will be fixed based on the overall earning of the family.
Vijayan said the housing clusters will have health centres for the elderly, libraries, skill development centres and internet facilities. The programme will be officially showcased on November 1, the state’s founding day. On the education sector, Vijayan said besides the plan to upgrade 1,000 public schools, the higher education sector will be made high-tech.