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Projects for the long term needed: Isaac

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The Hindu       21.11.2016     

Projects for the long term needed: Isaac

Commonwealth Local Government Forum secretary general Greg Munro presenting the award for contribution to decentralisation process to Finance Minister T.M. Thomas Isaac at a function in Thrissur on Sunday.

Finance Minister T. M. Thomas Isaac has called for projects with long-term vision to face adverse impacts of currency crisis and deficiency in rainfall.

Mr. Isaac and KILA (Kerala Institute of Local Administration) director P.P. Balan were recognised by the Commonwealth Local Government Forum for their contributions to strengthen decentralisation process in the State at the on-going international conference at the KILA on Sunday.

Speaking about the Kerala experience of decentralisation, Mr. Isaac noted that the NavaKerala Mission has been launched to address the second-generation challenges being faced by the People’s Plan campaign.

“Ensuring availability of pure drinking water, finding a lasting solution for waste management, providing houses for 5 lakh people, public education facilities for the poor and better medical facilities are the main objective so the ‘NavaKerala Mission,’he said.

The project will be implemented with the co-operation of three-tier panchayati raj institutions by utilising their resources.

Centre on Integrated Rural Development for Asia and Pacific director general Tevita G.B. presided over the function.

Commonwealth Local Government Forum Secretary General Dr. Greg Munro presented the award to Mr. Isaac and Mr. Balan.


DDA plans old-age home with Navy

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The Times of India    Delhi         08.09.2016  

DDA plans old-age home with Navy

NEW DELHI: The Delhi Development Authority (DDA) is joining hands with the Indian Navy to develop an old-age home where retired government employees will be offered studio apartments on rent. The Rs 462-crore project, housing 1,550 studio apartments, will come up in Sector 16, Dwarka.

Officials said this novel model--DDA will build the complex while the Navy will manage it--would allow elderly people to live with dignity in a homogenous societal group. "Once completed, this will set a new trend. Retired government officials can rent an apartment for a lifetime by paying Rs 10 lakh and a monthly maintenance. The complex will have all the facilities. There are several government agencies which can explore this option," said Arun Goel, vice-chairman of DDA.

Each apartment, measuring 550 sq ft, will be allotted on the payment of Rs 2.2 lakh, of which Rs 20,000 will be a non-refundable registration fee. The rest will be collected once the flats are ready. "Each allottee will have to pay an additional Rs 10,000 every month--Rs 3,000 as maintenance charges and Rs 7,000 to DDA to partially meet the cost of construction," said an official.

The project was conceived when the Navy requested DDA to allot land for an old age home. "If the land was al lotted at approved rates, its cost itself would have made the project unviable. It was then decided to develop a complex for retired government officials in a joint venture," said a DDA official.The land will now cost Rs 180 crore while DDA will spend Rs 282 crore on the construction. Of the 1,550 apartments, 200 will be given to the Navy and the remaining will be distributed among retired central and state government employees, other armed forces, teaching faculty of government colleges and universities, and DDA employees of certain pay scales. The units will be allotted with lifelong tenancy rights.If the allottee dies, the spouse can use the unit during hisher lifetime. "However, the allottee will not be allowed to transfer or sell the unit and the ownership will always remain with DDA that will reallot the unit according to the waiting list," said an official.

The complex will have Metro connectivity and will be completely self-sufficient with retail, recreational and healthcare facilities. It will also have elderly friendly architectural features such as anti-skid floor, hand rails and ramps.

‘Construct houses for slum-dwellers’

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The Hindu         25.07.2016 

‘Construct houses for slum-dwellers’

K. Rajanna, president of the district unit of Slum Janandholan Karnataka, has demanded that the authorities take steps to construct houses for slum-dwellers by demolishing their huts.

Speaking to presspersons here on Sunday, he said that a majority of slum areas in Chitradurga were located on government land and only three slums were on private land. “Instead of planning to construct G-1 and G-2 houses for slum dwellers, the authorities should take steps to construct independent houses in places where they were staying now. The authorities should also provide facilities to these houses including safe drinking water, electricity and drainage and also grant them property rights.

The Deputy Commissioner should look after the survey of slum areas in the district and the district administration should take steps to provide government land for construction of houses to slum areas that are on private land, he added.

Authorities told to demolish huts and build independent houses there

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