CHENNAI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched on Saturday a subsidised scooter scheme for working women on the occasion of the 70th birth anniversary celebrations of late Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalithaa.
The scheme was launched in Chennai in the presence of chief minister K Palaniswami and his deputy O Panneerselvam, among others.
The scheme, with a subsidy component of up to 50 per cent (up to Rs 25,000) for working women, was launched by Modi, who handed over the keys and registration certificate copies to five women beneficiaries.
He also launched 70-lakh tree sapling planting drive to commemorate the 70th birth anniversary celebrations of late Jayalalithaa. The beneficiaries included women who worked in the private sector, an accountant, a salesperson and an assistant in a private store.
A smiling Modi exchanged a few words with the beneficiaries while handing over the keys.
Palaniswami 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. He said 70 lakh saplings would be planted through out the year and also thanked the Prime Minister for lauding the ancient language Tamil recently.
The Chief Minister also recalled a slew of welfare initiatives and freebie schemes launched by Jayalalithaa.
These included ‘thalikku thangam,’(gold for mangalsutra) for women beneficiaries,free milch cow and goats,free of cost computers for students and new colleges for the uplift of rural students.