Land has been identified for 92 of those proposed it is which require staff strength in the range of 1,500-2,000, Karnataka Labour Minister PT Parameshwara Naik told reporters in Bangalore on Tuesday.
    
The state government would partly fund the project cost, he said, adding that the Centre would extend assistance for purchase of equipment for ITIs. Loans would also be raised from NABARD.
    
Naik, however, denied charges that there is ‘discrimination’ against opposition parties in identifying the places where the ITIs would come up.
    
He said that Rs 900 crore would be spent in building professional schools and housing complexes for the benefit of construction workers and their family members, as also a Construction academy near Doddaballapura for which 20 acres of land has already been identified.
    
This fund would be raised from the one percent building and construction workers cess which has now topped more than Rs 1,835 crore, the Minister said.
    
The government would provide Rs 30,000 medical cover per annum to 43 lakh BPL ration-card holders from December, in the first phase, whereby the beneficiaries would be entitled for treatment in 640 empanelled hospitals, the Minister said.
    
Insurance premium for the initiative is around Rs 200 crore, 75 percent of which would come from the Centre.

(Agencies)

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