More than 1,000 people have signed a petition urging the government to help them pay for the purchase of a new home in a village in the heart of Kerala’s capital.
The village of Shambhala in the state’s North East district is set to get the $2.5 million.
“It was very much the plan of the government, as we know it, that the villagers would be able to purchase the house in order to support the family,” said Shabnam, one of the petitioners.
The villagers have been working on their own for years to raise the money to buy the house.
“This was the plan and it is the plan that has been implemented,” she said.
The Shambahals are part of a community of around 1,100 people in the village of Kondasam in the northern district of Kozhikode.
The district is home to more than 4,500 people.
The villagers have suffered for years from poor living conditions, lack of healthcare and poor water.
In 2013, the district government announced a grant of about $30 million for the village, but the villagers have not been able to make the payments.
“In this condition, we need help,” Shabam said.
“The Government of India has been silent.
We need to make this government answer for this.”
Kondasams officials have also not provided any information on how the grant will be used or what steps the government is taking to help the villagers.
The petitioners say they will use the money for a number of things, including repairing the damaged house, repairing toilets, providing water and other basic necessities.