Empowering women is empowering entire household: PM Modi

Narendra Modi will launch the ambitious Amma two-wheeler scheme that envisages providing 50 per cent subsidy to 1 lakh working women every year to buy mopeds — a key promise made by late J. Jayalalithaa in the 2016 elections — on Saturday here

The prime minister said changes had been made to the Factory Act and maternity leave had been increased from 12 to 16 weeks, and under the PM Awaas Yojana the registry of the House would be done in the name of the woman.

Modi said the initiative, a dream project of Jayalalithaa's, would go a long way in empowering women - the key, he pointed out, to empowering households. The policy also allows only one woman per family to utilize the scheme. When we help with a woman's education, we ensure that the whole family is educated. "By securing the future of women, you are securing the future of the entire household", Modi said. The state government is offering a subsidy of rupees 25,000 for women to buy two-wheelers.

"On this auspicious occasion I request you (Modi) to take appropriate action for the constitution of the Cauvery Management Board and for implementing Cauvery regulation committee as per the SC guidance", he said, addressing PM Modi. "I am told that on Amma's 70th birthday, 70 lakh saplings will be planted across Tamil Nadu". The Prime Minister said his government had given Rs 1.8 lakh crore to Tamil Nadu under the 14th Finance Commission. Talking to reporters here, he said the party was aware of the criticism over the lack of resemblance of the statue, erected on the premises of the party's headquarters here in Chennai, with the late leader.

These included 'thalikku thangam,'(gold for mangalsutra) for women beneficiaries, free milch cow and goats, free of cost computers for students and new colleges for the uplift of rural students. Hailing Modi, Panneerselvam said the Prime Minister was "courageously leading India". Over 3 lakh women have already applied for the subsidy, and the Tamil Nadu government has said it is in the process of scrutinising the applications and shortlisting the recipients.

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The subsidy scheme has been christened "Amma Two-wheeler Scheme".

From there, he flew to INS Adyar Naval base near Marina beach, from where he reached the function venue by road.

Modi received a colourful welcome in Chennai, with the route of his short drive in the city lined with flags of the BJP and the ruling AIADMK.

The scheme, aimed at women empowerment, will provide scooters to working women at a subsidized rate of upto 50 percent.


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