CHENNAI: Commencing his official duties at Secretariat, Chief Minister Edappadi K Palanisamy on Monday made five announcements to fulfill the electoral promises made by late chief minister J Jayalalithaa during the 2016 Assembly elections. Of the five announcements, two are new schemes and three are extension of schemes that have already been implemented. Two of these schemes are pro-women that include the closure of 500 more Tamil Nadu State Marketing Corporation (TASMAC) outlets and the two-wheeler scheme for working women.
Palanisamy said Amma Two Wheeler Scheme would be implemented from this year. Under this scheme, one lakh working women would be covered per year and Rs 200 crore would be allocated for the implementation of the scheme this year. Under the provision, fifty per cent grant or a maximum of Rs 20, 000 would be provided to working women to buy their own two wheelers.
Fulfilling the promise of Jayalalithaa that prohibition would be implemented in the State in a phased manner, the chief minister announced that 500 more TASMAC shops would be closed down this year. Earlier, as per the orders issued on May 24, 2016 by the late chief minister, 500 TASMAC shops were closed and the sale hours of the TASMAC shops were reduced.
The proposed plan include doubling of the monthly allowance for unemployed youth. Palanisamy added that as many as 55, 228 youth would be benefitted by this scheme. This would incur an additional expenditure of Rs 31 crore to the State Exchequer.
Announcing yet another pro-women scheme, the chief minister said the maternity assistance being given to the women belonging to poor families would be hiked from Rs 12, 000 to Rs 18, 000. Through this measure, around six lakh women would be benefitted and Rs 360 crore would be spent on this.
Palanisamy also announced a scheme for building 5,000 houses for fishermen at a total cost of Rs 85 crore.