The Puducherry government on Tuesday June 13,2017 said it proposed to offer cement at subsidised rates to low and middle income group of people and name the scheme after Congress President Sonia Gandhi.
“We are planning to emulate the scheme in operation in neighbouring Tamil Nadu,” Welfare Minister M Kandasamy told the Assembly. He was replying to plea made by AIADMK (Amma) legislator A Anbalagan on availability and cost of cement.
In Tamil Nadu, ‘Amma Cement’ scheme is in force for the past few years. Cement was being sold at ₹190 per 50 kg bag to low and middle income groups building houses up to 1,500 sq ft.
Kandasamy said the proposed cement scheme in Puducherry would be named after Congress President Sonia Gandhi.
Intervening, Chief Minister V Narayanasamy said Puducherry did not have industries manufacturing cement and hence it would be procured from outside and sold at subsidised prices.