PM Modi Launches Amma Two-wheeler Scheme in Chennai on Jayalalithaa's 70th Birthday

PM Modi to launch Amma Scooters on Jayalalithaa's birth anniversary today

PM Modi to launch Amma Two-wheeler scheme in Chennai tomorrow

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be in Chennai tomorrow to attend the launch of the AIADMK government's ambitious scheme of providing 50 per cent subsidy to working women to buy two-wheelers.

The scheme, providing 50% subsidized two wheelers to working women, was part of late Jayalalithaa's 2016 election manifesto.

He also spoke about maternity leave which has been extended by the Government from 12 to 26 weeks and the PM Awaas Yojana, where the registry of the house is done in the name of the woman.

He added, "On empowering women, we empower the entire family". When we facilitate her good health, we help keep the family healthy. "When we secure her future, we secure future of the entire home", said PM Modi.

He also blasted the Congress for not donating enough to the state, saying that the NDA government had increased its funding to Tamil Nadu by 120% compared to what the UPA government had done. "After the NDA came to power, this state received Rs 1,80,000 crore under the 14th Finance Commission". I am told that on Amma's 70th birthday, 70 lakh plants will be planted across Tamil Nadu.

Modi, who was close to the former chief-minister, would be inaugurating the scheme at Kalaivanar Arangam at Chepauk this afternoon.

"The success of this scheme therefore has proved that women of India are now stepping out of the age-old shackles and seeking self-employment", Modi said. On this special day, Tamil Nadu Minister D Jayakumar gave gold rings to seven babies born today to mark the birth anniversary of former their leader and idol-Jayalalithaa.

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister K Palaniswami and his deputy O Panneerselvam, among others, were present at the launch. He said this scheme too would be the forerunner for other state governments, like other previous initiatives. The prime minister will also address a public meeting in Puducherry.

Mr Palaniswami had announced in December last that scooters would be distributed to one lakh women at a subsidised rate on the occasion of Ms Jayalalithaa's birth anniversary.

Lok Sabha Deputy Speaker M Thambidurai, Union Minister Pon Radhakrishnan, Tamil Nadu Ministers, MLAs were among the participants.

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