PM Modi launches Amma scooter scheme in Tamil Nadu

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Speaking on the occasion, Deputy Chief Minister O Panneerselvam said, "Tamil Nadu government continues to be inspired by the principles of Amma". The policy also allows only one woman per family to utilize the scheme.

PM Modi further took a jibe at Congress by saying, "When there was a Congress-led Government at the Centre, Tamil Nadu had received Rs 81,000 crore under the 13th Finance Commission".

He added, "On empowering women, we empower the entire family".

All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) on February 24 unveiled a statue of late Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa to mark the 70 birth anniversary of Amma.

The Chief Minister also recalled a slew of welfare initiatives and freebie schemes launched by Jayalalithaa.

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Stressing on the achievements of his government, Modi said the focus is on improving "Ease of Living" for the common citizen. "Thus, a woman's future is secured, the entire house future is secured", Modi said. Under Jan Dhan Yojana, 31 crore bank accounts have been opened.

The Tamil Nadu government will launch the scheme of Rs. 25000 subsidy for women to buy two-wheelers. The Factories Act will be amended to permit women to work at night. "After the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) came to power, this state received Rs 1,80,000 crore under the 14th Finance Commission". Nonetheless, in view of the comments on social media that the statue did not resemble Jayalalithaa, the party leadership would decide on making necessary changes to it. He also announced that seventy lakh plants will be planted across Tamil Nadu on Jayalalithaa's 70th birth anniversary.

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

The subsidised scooter scheme for working women is an electoral promise of late Jayalalithaa.

The former chief minister had promised 50 per cent subsidy on scooters for working ladies in the state during the run-up to the 2016 assembly elections.