Udupi, May 5 (UNI) Vishvesha Thirtha Swamiji of Udupi Pejavar mutt today said that the mutt was contemplating to spend about Rs five lakh for providing basic amenities in the Naxal-prone areas in Chikmagalore district of Karnataka.
Addressing a press conference here, he said initially free electricity, meters and wiring to over 77 houses would be provided at a cost of over Rs 5,000 each in Menasinahadya Village and also propose to provide free water and agricultural land to these families.
The Swamiji said the mutt had already taken up several social programmes in the Malnad areas of Chikmagalore, which included over Rs 65,000 donations to poor tribal students and Rs 17,000 financial assistance for education to the children of Sheshappa Gowda, who was killed by Naxalites in Menasinahadya.
Plans were also afoot to provide pipes for tap water facility to tribal families in Shaknkarakudige-Neerkallu Village in Moodagere Taluk in the district.
The Swamiji said he had not received any threats from Naxalites so far. ''If they approach me, I am ready to give them guidance to shun the path of Naxalism and join the mainstream of the society.'' He wanted total ban on the sale of all types of liquor as it would help the poor families to come out from the habit of alcoholism and lead a better life.
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