Size bronze statue of Jayalalithaa unveiled on her birthday

Chelsea West
February 26, 2018

List out various schemes of his government that aimed at women empowerment, he said, "When we empower women in our family, we empower our country".

Addressing a gathering at Kalaivanar Arangam in Chennai city, at which he handed over the keys and registration books of scooters to five beneficiary women from Chennai, PM Modi said that wherever Jayalalithaa is, she would be very happy to see the happiness on the faces of women here. These initiatives will go a long way in empowering women", " said PM Modi. The launching of the scheme coincides with former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa birth anniversary.

Stressing on the achievements of his government, Modi said the focus is on improving "Ease of Living" for the common citizen.

Among the 31 crore Jan Dhan bank accounts, meant for the poorest of the poor, 16 crore were of women.

The Prime Minister further said that with the change in Factory's Act, women are now allowed to work in night shifts as well.

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Taking a dig at the earlier Congress-led government at the centre, Modi said under the previous regime, Tamil Nadu got just Rs 81,000 crore under the 13th Finance Commission whereas under NDA regime, the state got around Rs 180,000 crore under the 14th Finance Commission allocation.

Meanwhile, Palaniswamy in his address urged Modi to take steps to set up the Cauvery Management Board and the Cauvery Water Regulatory Committee, as directed by the Supreme Court.

As the statue was unveiled, firecrackers were burst and candies distributed among party cadre who raised slogans hailing Jayalalithaa. 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.

The Prime Minister, who planted a sapling to mark the event, is scheduled to stay at Raj Bhavan here later tonight and leave for neighbouring Puducherry tomorrow.

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

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