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Narendra Modi launches subsidised 'Amma' two-wheeler scheme in Tamil Nadu

Narendra Modi launches subsidised 'Amma' two-wheeler scheme in Tamil Nadu

"This shows that women of India are stepping out of the shackles and seeking self-empowerment", Modi said.

Prime Minsiter Narendra Modi on Saturday launched the Amma Two Wheeler Scheme here on the birth anniversary of former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa.

Modi symbolically handed over the keys and registration certificates of two wheelers to five women on the occasion, reports PTI.

"When we empower women, the entire household is empowered. When we help with women's education we ensure the entire family is educated", he said, adding their good health keeps the entire family healthy.

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.

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The state government's two wheeler scheme extends 50 per cent subsidy or ₹25,000, whichever is lower, for the purchase of an automatic scooter or a moped of candidate's choice.

The most notable feature of this is that 70 per cent of the beneficiaries are women, Modi said. I am told that on Amma's 70th birth anniversary, 70 lakh plants will be planted across Tamil Nadu. Under 13th Finance Commission, the state received only ₹81,000 crore from the Congress-led Centre.

Referring to the long coastline, Modi said the central government has given Rs 100 crore to Tamil Nadu for converting 750 fishing boats to long-liners for deep sea fishing. Nonetheless, in view of the comments on social media that the statue did not resemble Jayalalithaa, the party leadership would decide on making necessary changes to it. "Be it financial inclusion, easy availability of credit for farmers and small business, healthcare or sanitation, this is the basic mantra, with which the NDA Government at the Centre is working", he said.

So far 3,36,103 women have applied under the scheme and scrutiny of such applications were under process, according to the ruling AIADMK.

The subsidy scheme has been christened "Amma Two-wheeler Scheme". The scooter scheme was part of the AIADMK's electoral promise in the 2016 Assembly polls.


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