CM launches housing scheme for rural poor

The Akhilesh Yadav government today launched the Dr Ram Manohar Lohia Gramin Awas Yojna by distributing cheques of the first instalment of financial assistance promised to the rural poor for constructing pucca houses under the scheme.

According to the scheme, the state government will provide Rs 1 lakh to rural poor who do not own a pucca house. The state government will give an additional Rs 15,000 for solar power facility to each beneficiary.

At a ceremonial launch in Unnao today, Akhilesh distributed cheques of Rs 50,000 each to 155 beneficiaries of 11 districts including Unnao, Kanpur Nagar , Kanpur Dehat, Sitapur, Rae Bareli, Kannauj, Etawah, Auraiya, Hardoi, Barabanki and Lucknow.

The SP government had announced the scheme after closing Mahamaya Awas Yojna and Mahamaya Sarvajan Awas Yojna of the Mayawati government in May 2012.

Sonia to visit Rae Bareli today

UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi will be on a one-day visit to her parliamentary constituency Rae Bareli on Monday, her representative K L Sharma has said. She will inaugurate a post office at Jawahar Bihar colony and lay the foundation stone of an FM Radio station at Buranpur as well as of an inter college for girls at Townhall area. "No separate public address has been planned, she will just interact with the people during these ceremonies," Sharma said. She will also attend a meeting of Central Vigilance and Monitoring Committee at Bhachat Bhawan.

Villagers lynch youth

A youth was beaten to death allegedly by a group of locals who suspected him to be involved in a case of theft in Bindki police station area of Fatehpur district early on Saturday morning. Police have registered a case of murder on the complaint of victim's mother on Sunday. Five of the villagers have been named in the case, but no arrest has been made so far. Police confirmed that the postmortem examination has found death caused due to ante-mortem injuries.

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