Ker to avail Rs 4000 cr loan from HUDCO for flagship housing schemeThiruvananthapuram, May 16 (PTI) The Kerala government today decided to avail a loan of Rs 4,000 crore for implementing its ambitious housing scheme- LIFE Mission, aimed at providing shelter to over five lakh homeless in the state.The Livelihood Inclusion and Financial Empowerment (LIFE) Mission, a programme announced by the LDF government after it came to power two years ago, envisages a comprehensive housing scheme for the landless and homeless in Kerala. A cabinet meeting, chaired by Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan here, gave sanction to avail the loan from the Housing and Urban Development Corporation Ltd, an official release said.The Rs 4,000 crore loan would be taken through the Kerala Urban Development Finance Corporation Ltd, it said. The cabinet decision comes in the wake of criticism from some quarters that the much-hyped housing scheme was going at a slow pace.The opposition Congress-led UDF had also alleged that there was confusion and technical complexities in identifying beneficiaries under the programme.However, Vijayan had recently informed the state assembly that a state-wide survey, conducted as part of the Mission, had identified 5.13 lakh persons as homeless in the state and finalised the list of beneficiaries.The target of the mission is to provide safe housing to over five lakh homeless in the state within five years.They would be provided with modern housing complexes with provision for pursuing their livelihood, skill development and provision for financial services inclusion, among others,official sources said.advertisementMarginalised sections like coastal population, plantation workers and those who stay in temporary shelters in government lands would be given priority, they added.In another major decision, the cabinet also gave sanction to amend the Kerala State Sports Act (2000) to fix the tenure of sports council president and vice president not more than 10 years. PTI LGK UD BN BN BN
A total of 410 congregations of holy Eid-ul-Fitr would be held in the capital this year.Of those, 230 congregations will be held in Dhaka South City Corporation (BSCC) and 180 in Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC) areas.Around 228 Eid congregations will be held in 57 wards under DSCC while 180 in 36 wards under DNCC.The main Eid congregation will be held at Jatiya Eidgah Maidan, adjacent to the High Court, this year like every year.Senior pesh Imam Hafez Maulana Muhammad Mizanur Rahman of Baitul Mukarram National Mosque will conduct the Eid Jamaat at National Eidgah.Separate arrangements would be made for women at the National Eidgah as around five thousand female devotees may join the congregation. Besides, mobile toilets, medical teams and places of ablution will be arranged.The venue of the main congregation will be shifted to Baitul Mukarram national mosque at 9:00am in case of inclement weather.A total of five Eid congregations will be held at Baitul Mukarram national mosque this year.The 1st congregation will be held at 7:00am, 2nd at 8:00am, 3rd at 9:00am, 4th at 10:00am and the 5th, the last, at 10:45am, said a press release of Islamic Foundation.Eid Jamaat would be organised at North Plaza of Jatiya Sangsad Bhaban at 8am. Whips of the National Parliament, cabinet members, parliamentarians, officials and staff would take part in the jamaat.DNCC public relations officer Uttam Kumar Roy earlier said that the congregations will take place at the corporation’s own grounds, open fields, school or madrasha playgrounds or other familiar places.Stringent security measures will be taken around the National Eidgah as president Abdul Hamid, cabinet members, judges and diplomats will join the prayers there.Several congregations would be held on Dhaka University (DU) campus, including two at DU Central Mosque Masjidul Jamia at 8am and 9am.A congregation would be organised at 8am at Salimullah Muslim Hall ground adjacent to the main gate while another would be held at Shahidullah Hall lawn at the same time.Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET) would organize a congregation at 8 am at its central mosque.Two congregations would be held at Gulshan Central Mosque and Eidgah ground at 8.00am and 9.30am respectively.Two congregations would be organised at Dhalpur Narikel Bagan mosque at 8am and 9am.City Corporation’s councilors have started preparations at their own initiatives in this regard. Places of congregations have been selected in such a manner so that devotees can join prayers at their nearest distances.