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PM Modi launches "Amma two-wheeler scheme" in Chennai

PM Modi launches

Chennai: The ruling AIADMK in Tamilnadu today celebrated the 70th birth anniversary of former Chief Minister and party supremo J Jayalalithaa by unveiling her life-statue bronze statue at the party head office in the city.

Under the scheme, named after Jayalalithaa, the state government offers a Rs 25,000 subsidy for women to buy two-wheelers, NDTV reported.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived in Chennai on Saturday evening on a two day visit to Tamil Nadu and Puducherry.

Speaking on the importance of empowering women in family, PM said it would ultimately lead to the development of an entire house-hold. "When we secure her future, we secure future of the entire home".

"Tamil Nadu has been given Rs 200 crore for rural housing", Modi said, adding that the Union government was also working on modernising fishing in the state.

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PM Modi also planted a sapling as part of the Tamil Nadu government's annual tree-plantation drive. He was received at the airport by Tamil Nadu Governor Banwarilal Purohit, CM Palaniswami and Deputy CM O Panneerselvam. The party launched the party's official Tamil daily "Namadhu Puratchi Thalaiva Amma" (Our Revolutionary Leader Amma) When the statue was revealed firecrackers were burst and candies were distributed.

On this occasion, Chief Minister K Palaniswami said, "There was no other party like the AIADMKand no other leader like Jayalalithaa". PM Modi handed over keys of two-wheelers to 1000 beneficiaries during the inaugural event.

Modi's visit, which comes just days after Tamil Nadu Deputy Chief Minister O Panneerselvam said the prime minister played a vital role in uniting the two AIADMK factions after Jayalalithaa's death, is an indication that political equations in the state are changing.

He said the Central government had come with a gobar dhan scheme to convert biowaste into gas. During the 2016 Assembly election, she had promised 50 per cent subsidy for women to purchase two-wheelers.

Mr Palaniswami had announced in December last that scooters would be distributed to one lakh women at a subsidised rate on the occasion of Ms Jayalalithaa's birth anniversary.


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