Mysuru: All the five guarantees that the Congress government has promised will ensure an average monthly income of Rs 4,000 to every family. This will help the families to become self-sufficient and self-sustainable, observed District In-charge Minister and Social Welfare Minister Dr H C Mahadevappa.
Speaking after inaugurating Gruha Jyothi scheme at Kalamandira here on Saturday, he said it has been three months since the party formed the government and from the first cabinet meeting they have been implementing the promises made during the election. To implement five guarantees every year, the State government will incur Rs 52,000cr expenses. Yet, this is being implemented to help people become self-sufficient and financially independent families.
Under the Gruha Jyothi scheme, about 1.42 cr families will receive free power up to 200 units which means an average 10 per cent of free power (annual usage) will be enjoyed the family. The scheme is entitled for everyone and this will dispel darkness of poverty, he observed.
Minister Mahadevappa further said that Amruth Jyothi, Bhagya Jyothi and Kuteera Jyothi schemes that are already in place have been merged with Gruha Jyothi scheme. Beneficiaries of Bhagya Jyothi and Kuteera Jyothi are already getting 40 units of free power. However, with Gruha Jyothi, they will now get a total of 58 units of free power, he informed.
In Mysuru district, registration for Gruha Jyothi scheme has achieved 79.73 per cent. Efforts are on to complete the registration process of 198,429 consumers’ application. “We hope to achieve 100 per cent by August 15,” Minister Mahadevappa said.
He emphasised on the Shakti programme that has seen an overwhelming response from women. “The Shakti scheme has empowered women,” he added. Under the Shakti scheme, women can travel anywhere in the state for free of cost in State-run KSRTC buses.
Noting that the government was keen to provide 10 kg of rice under Anna Bhagya – as promised. But due to paucity of availability of rice, the government is providing 5 kg of rice per head in every family, every month. And for the remaining quantity of rice, the government is giving money to the family, he said.
Animal Husbandry Minister K Venkatesh, Mayor Shivakumar, MLA D Ravishankar, MLCs A H Vishwanath, Marithibbegowda, D Thimmaiah, deputy mayor G Roopa and Cesc Managing Director Sridhar were present.
The Gruha Jyothi scheme was kicked off throughout the State on Saturday, with Chief Minister Siddaramaiah launching the scheme in Kalaburagi. Opposition Leader in the Parliament Mallikarjun Kharge and Deputy Chief Minister D K Shivakumar were present.