On his visit to the Tamil Nadu capital today, PM Narendra Modi raised his voice for the empowerment of women in the country. Addressing a gathering at the birth anniversary of Late Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa, PM Modi said that empowering a woman is equivalent to secure the future of the entire home. “When we empower women in a family,we empower the entire house-hold. When we help with a woman’s education,we ensure that the family is educated. 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 as he launched Jayalalithaa’s pet project of Amma scooter scheme.
PM Narendra Modi flagged off the state government scheme, Amma scooter which will provide a Rs 25,000 subsidy for women to buy two-wheelers.
The scheme, which aims at providing 50 percent subsidy to all the working women to buy two-wheelers, was a pet project of Jayalalithaa.
“I am glad to be able to launch one of her dream projects – the Amma Two Wheeler Scheme. I am told that on Amma’s 70th birth anniversary, 70 lakh plants will be planted across Tamil Nadu. These initiatives will go a long way in the empowerment of women & protection of nature,” the Prime Minister added. PM Modi also mentioned initiatives like the extension of maternity leave among others as the basic intention of the NDA government for the empowerment of women. “We have also made a change in the Factory’s Act & suggested to States that they allow women to work in the night shift as well. We have also extended maternity leave from 12 to 26 weeks. Under the PM Awaas Yojana, the registry of the House is done in the name of the woman,” said PM Modi.
Also mentioning the development of Tamil Nadu under the NDA government, the Prime Minister said that under the Congress-led Government at the Centre, Tamil Nadu had received Rs 81,000 crore under the 13th Finance Commission. But, after the NDA came to power, Tamil Nadu received Rs 1,80,000 crore under the14th Finance Commission. Meanwhile, PM Modi also planted saplings near the entrance of Kalaivanar Arangam auditorium in Chennai along with CM Edappadi K Palaniswami and Deputy CM O Panneerselvam to commemorate the 70th birth anniversary of Jayalalithaa.