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Friday 25 March 2005

India: Rs. 1,950-crore rehabilitation plan for tsunami victims in TN

Hardly three months after the tsunami hit the Tamil Nadu coast killing more than 8,000 people, the Government today unveiled its Rs. 1,950-crore rehabilitation policy.

"About 1.3 lakh families will be provided with concrete houses at an approximate cost of Rs.1.5 lakhs each. The houses will have 300-325 sqft of built-up space," Chief Minister Jayalalithaa told the Assembly.

In Chennai and Tiruvallur, the Slum Clearance Board will construct multistorey tenements. These units, costing Rs. 1.5 lakhs each, will have an area of 235-250 sqft. Non-governmental organisations and corporates will be given priority in reconstructing houses with their own funds.

All houses will be insured and given in the joint names of the husband and the wife. The houses cannot be sold for 10 years. "Any transfer of the share of the wife's property to the husband will be considered invalid."

Read the Full Article at The Hindu
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