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PM Modi to launch Amma Two-wheeler Scheme in Chennai today

26 February 2018

Speaking to media in Chennai, he said "Yesterday's unveiling of Jayalalithaa's statue is a matter of happiness, not just for the party cadre but for Tamils all over the world".

"When a woman is empowered, the entire family is empowered".

He said that under NDA-government, devolution of funds from the Centre to Tamil Nadu was significantly higher at ₹1,80,000 crore under 14th Finance Commission. When we give them education, it empowers 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.

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Earlier on Saturday, Modi visited Daman to launch several development projects.

He said his government made changes to the Factory's Act and suggested that states allow women to work the night shift and increase their maternity leave.

Highlighting the need to empower women in the country, he said, "When a woman is empowered, the entire household is empowered".

Among the 31 crore Jan Dhan bank accounts, meant for the poorest of the poor, 16 crore were of women. "Union government has so far given 3.5 crore free gas connections under this scheme". The state government is offering a subsidy of rupees 25,000 for women to buy two-wheelers.

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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. The party also launched Namadhu Amma, AIADMK's mouthpiece.

Earlier in the day, Prime Minister Narendra Modi received by Governor Banwarilal Purohit, Chief Minister E Palanisamy, Panneerselvam and others at Chennai airport. I am told that on Amma's 70th birth anniversary, 70 lakh plants will be planted across Tamil Nadu.

The Prime Minister said he was happy to note that homes built under the Prime Minister's housing scheme were registered in the names of women.

The scheme, aimed at women empowerment, will provide scooters to working women at a subsidized rate of upto 50 percent. The scooter scheme was part of the AIADMK's electoral promise in the 2016 Assembly polls.

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PM Modi to launch Amma Two-wheeler Scheme in Chennai today