On Tuesday, Puducherry government said that it has proposed to launch a scheme named after Congress President, Sonia Gandhi, under which they will offer cement at subsidised rates to low and middle-income group people.
“We are planning to emulate the scheme in operation in neighbouring Tamil Nadu. Cement would be available at a subsidised price and all the modalities would be worked out in consultation with officials,” M Kandasamy, Welfare Minister, said.
He gave these statements while replying to a plea made by AIADMK (Amma) legislator, A Anbalagan, in the union territory assembly.
The minister said that the scheme will be named after the Congress President. Intervening, chief minister, V Narayanasamy, said that the union territory did not have cement- manufacturing industries so it would be procured from outside and sold at a subsidised price.
In Tamil Nadu, “Amma Cement” scheme has been implemented for the past few years. Cement was sold at Rs 190 per a 50 kg bag to low and middle-income group people.
Since there are difficulties faced by private builders in getting sand for construction purposes, the minister also said that the issue has been taken up with Tamil Nadu government, from where the major chunk of sand will be sourced.
He added that the situation will be made better at the earliest.