The state level inauguration of Kudumbashree Mission’s ambitious project ‘Destitute-free Kerala’ that aims to protect the destitute population of the state was held at Kalpetta, Wayand on 21 Febrauary 2019. Shri. A.C Moideen, Minister for Local Self Governments, Government of Kerala inaugurated the project at Kalpetta in Wayanad. Kudumbashree Mission, in association with local bodies, plans to develop the current Ashraya scheme for the implementation of the project.
The Destitute Free Kerala project will benefit 1.60 lakh people who don’t have anyone to take care for them. Out of this, 10,716 people belong to scheduled castes category. Already 773, out of the 1,034 local bodies in the state have submitted a detailed project report for implementing the project to Kudumbashree Mission. The scrutinizing of the projects reports is taking place at Kudumbashree Mussion and will get the clearance soon. The project aims at the total rehabilitation of the destitute by finding them a source of living and developing their social and economic status. The beneficiaries of Destitute Free Kerala project will be provided food, treatment, clothes, welfare pensions, schooling, land and house. Kudumbashree Mission and local bodies will also provide training to the beneficiaries on several self-employment opportunities. The members of the destitute families are already being given skill training the centrally sponsored programmes Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Grameen Kaushalya Yojana (DDUGKY) and National Urban Livelihoods Mission (NULM). Those who do not have homes of their own will be included in the LIFE Mission project and will be given houses. The Destitute Free Kerala project thereby aims at making the destitute self sustained. The initial activities of the Destitute Free Kerala was started during 19 October 2017.