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Sunday, 24 May 2015

Self-employment: City Corp Turns Benefactor - Thiruvanthapuram

 It was a day for the City Corporation to shower largesse on women, children and differently-abled. On Friday, the civic body distributed assistance for the needy to gain self-employment.
 This is for the first time that the City Corporation is being able to realise its years’ long promise of gifting autorickshaws to women. On each of the previous occasions, it hardly moved an inch than being budgetary announcements. The plan to present the vehicles to 100 women could be made practical only partly. “We had proposed a sum of Rs 50 lakh for the project. However, eligible applicants holding driving licence numbered just five. The financial assistance is arranged through bank loan and subsidy. The subsidy amount, borne by the Corporation, is directly paid to the bank,” said Welfare Standing Committee chairman Palayam Rajan.
 For the furniture distribution of school children belonging to fishermen families, the list included 600 beneficiaries. Furniture comprising study table and chair will be provided at the wards concerned. The students from high school classes adhering to the criteria were chosen from the list approved by the Education Deputy Director and obtained from schools.  The second edition of talking computer system distribution for the visually-impaired had nine beneficiaries, mostly students. Both these schemes included no beneficiary contribution.  Meanwhile, the three-wheeled scooters for the physically challenged are also getting ready for distribution.
 The continuation of the project ‘Nanma’, which provides financial aid for the intellectually-challenged children, was  held on the day. This was for those students who could not get the money directly paid to the bank account and came as demand draft. Scholarships for the physically-handicapped students were also distributed on the occasion.
 The programme was inaugurated by Mayor K Chandrika.

Source: The New Indian Express, 23rd May 2015 

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