Kerala state government to roll out new lottery

The Kerala state government in India is to roll out a new lottery-linked financial assistance scheme, which was given cabinet approval on Jan. 3, local media reports.

Named ‘Sthree Shakthi’, the new lottery will replace the  ‘Dhanasree’ lottery. The government aims to mobilise R100 crore (US$21.4 million).

”The aim is to develop and empower women in selected sectors. ‘Dhanasree’ costs Rs 40 a ticket and had its draw  on Fridays. The new lottery will cost Rs 50,” said Chief Minister Oommen Chandy said after the weekly cabinet meeting.

The minister said the money raised through the new lottery will be able to assist in employment generation, rehabilitation, higher education, assistance for the differently abled, assistance to families headed by women, elderly women, the mentally challenged, widows and eligible women in other categories.