Union Minister of State for Social Justice & Empowerment Shri Ramdas Athawale said that the Central Government led by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi was implementing many schemes for the welfare of all sections of the society irrespective of caste and religion. While addressing the media at Ernakulam Govt Guest House, Shri Athawale said the motto of his Ministry was eliminating the caste system and socio-economic inequality from society. The Minister is on a one-day visit to the State.
Pointing out that his Ministry controlled the needs of 85 percent of the population, he said this year the Ministry had earmarked a budget of Rs 1,42,344 crore.
The Union Minister said that so far 1,658 old age homes had been established in the country with the help of the Social Justice Department and among them, 9 were in Kerala. He also said that 109 of the 1720 de-addiction centers functioning with the financial assistance of the Department of Social Justice were in Kerala.
Shri Ramdas Athawale said that the central government was willing to start one old age home in each district of Kerala with the cooperation of NGOs. He urged NGOs to apply online for the same.
Stressing that schemes like Jan Dhan Yojana, Mudra, Ujjawala, Ayushaman Bharat, and PM Awas Yojana were acting as catalysts in changing the lives of people from all walks of life, the Union Minister said that the government was keen on implementing these schemes by adhering to the slogan ‘Sabka Saath, Sabka Vishwas, Sabka Prayas’.
Talking about the implementation of various Central Government Schemes in Kerala, the Minister said that under the Jan Dhan Yojana, 53,62,000 bank accounts had been opened in the State. 1,26,00,000 youths had been given loans under the PM Mudra scheme. Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana had benefitted 3,41,000 people. 1,13,000 houses had been constructed in urban areas in the State through Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana.