PM Modi launches AIADMK'S Amma scooter scheme for working women

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A life-sized statue of former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa was unveiled in Chennai on Saturday as part of grand celebrations to mark the 70th birth anniversary of the late AIADMK supremo.

The scheme, which aims at providing 50 percent subsidy to all the working women to buy two-wheelers, was a pet project of Jayalalithaa. On this day, 24 February nation celebrates the AIADMK chief, Jayalalithaa's 70th birth anniversary, tracing her journey from being a reluctant actor to charismatic Chief Minister, here's all you need to know about her through photographs and a concise history. "These initiatives will go a long way in empowerment of women and protection of nature", Modi said.

"When we help with a woman's education, we ensure that the family is educated", he said.

The Prime Minister who is on a two-day visit to the state, was received by Governor Banwarilal Purohit, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister E Palanisamy, Dy CM O Panneerselvam and others at the Chennai airport.

For rural housing projects, Tamil Nadu has been given about ₹ 700 crore in 2016-17 and about ₹ 200 crore in 2017-18.

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PM Modi exchanged a few words with the beneficiaries while handing over the keys.

He said that under NDA-government, devolution of funds from the Centre to Tamil Nadu was significantly higher at ₹1,80,000 crore under 14th Finance Commission.

"I am glad to launch one of her's (Jayalalithaa) dream projects- the Amma Two Wheeler Scheme".

After unveiling the statue, both Panneerselvam and Palaniswami launched the 'Namadhu Puratchi Thalaivi Amma', a Tamil daily, that would be the official mouthpiece of the party. "Thus, a woman's future is secured, the entire house future is secured", Modi said.

Stating that Amma had implemented several schemes for the safety and well being of women, right from their birth to old age, Panneerselvam said the scooter scheme too envisioned by the late leader, was for people's welfare and development.

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He also urged Modi to take steps to set up the Cauvery Management Board and the Cauvery Water Regulatory Committee, as directed by the Supreme Court.

On Sunday, Prime Minister will be visiting Puducherry.

Hailing Modi, Panneerselvam said the prime minister was "courageously leading India".

The subsidy scheme has been christened "Amma Two-wheeler Scheme". Last month, the state government increased the subsidy component under the scheme from Rs 20,000 to Rs 25,000.

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