HYDERABAD: The State government has enhanced the unit cost
of houses built under the second and also the third phase of Indiramma housing
programme for SCs and STs by Rs 20,000 in rural areas and Rs 30,000 in towns and
cities. The additional amount will be arranged through bank loans.
The total unit cost will now work out to Rs 54,250 in rural
and Rs 70,000 in urban areas.
Surplus loan amount
Announcing this at a media conference here on Tuesday,
Housing Minister C. Shilpa Mohan Reddy and M. Samuel, Principal Secretary,
Housing, said an additional loan amount of Rs 208 crore had been released in
just four months till May 14 in tune with the increase in the unit cost.
About one lakh families had benefited from it. The Minister
denied media reports alleging that the housing scheme was sought to be
discontinued or diluted.
He, however, admitted that the programme suffered from
irregularities with some officials indulging in corruption.
An action plan had been prepared to implement the reforms
proposed by Y. S. Rajasekhara Reddy to end corruption. Accordingly, payments to
beneficiaries through SHGs were stopped and the bills paid only if they opened
individual accounts in banks or post-offices.