With a view to augmenting their income, Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa on Tuesday commenced the distribution of modern sewing machines to members of women’s sewing cooperatives in the State. Two beneficiaries received the machines from the Chief Minister at the Secretariat.
On July 21 last year, the Chief Minister had announced that 54,000 modern sewing machines would be procured at a cost of Rs 54 crore. In the first phase, 27,900 machines were procured, the distribution of which started on Tuesday. The State government will pay as grant 10 per cent of the amount required for purchasing the sewing machines.
Giving effect to the announcement made by her in the State Assembly on April 17 regarding relaxing certain conditions for disbursal of fixed deposits (FD) under the Girl Child Protection Scheme, the Chief Minister gave away the FD amount to two beneficiaries for their marriages. She had announced that the age would be reduced to 18 years for accessing the fund.
Meanwhile, following representations made by the Aanganwadi and Nutritious Meal Scheme pensioners, the Chief Minister enhanced their monthly pension to Rs 1,000.