NSS to launch Poor Aid Fund

via Newindpress published on June 24, 2007

CHANGANASSERY: The Nair Service Society (NSS) has adopted a Rs 51-crore budget, comprising a novel Rs 1.5-crore NSS Poor Aid Fund by the Pratinidhi Sabha of the organisation, for 2007- ’08.

Presenting his 24th budget in a row, NSS general secretary P K Narayana Panicker has set an accrual of Rs 2.33 crore in the capital account and Rs 48.66 crore in the revenue head, while estimating Rs 22.92 crore as capital expenditure and Rs 28.07 crore under revenue expenditure.

One of the notable features of the budget is the Poor Aid Fund, intended to support economically-weak community members in house construction, education, marriage and medicare.

The Mannam Satabhisheka Endowment loan scholarship and Kanaka Jubilee Endowment loan scholarships, will be converted into non-refundable financial aid, in the revenue head.

The major chunk of receipts of income is from agricultural, health, and education sector activities of the organisation.

Efforts to give an impetus to the women’s self-help groups and the ‘NSS Dhanasree’ programme have found place in the budget. At present, there are 5,368 SHGs and one lakh women associated with it.

The budget speech noted that the LDF Government is yet to implement the Government Order that came during the UDF Government, which decided to appoint a permanent commission for determining creamy layer as suggested by the Supreme Court in the Mandal Comission case.

It also said that 10 percent reservation for the economically- poor among forward communities in degree and PG courses in government colleges, awarding of education benefits for below poverty line category girls at the college level on a par with Latin and Muslim community members, were also not implemented.

NSS president P.V.Neelakanta Pillai presided over the meet. Former Minister R.Balakrishana Pillai and son K.B.Gansesh Kumar MLA, were present as delegates.

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