From Amma canteens to free laptops- Jayalalithaa's popular schemes
Chennai, Dec 6: One of the most popular leaders in the country, J Jayalalithaa passed away at 11.30 PM at the Apollo Hospital on Monday.
There has been an outpouring of grief in Tamil Nadu since the news broke out. Amma as she was fondly called was a popular leader.
She was well-known in the state for her schemes which made her a very popular leader.
Here are some of the schemes launched by Jayalalithaa which made her an instant hit with the masses:
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All Women Police stations:
The first all women police station was set up in 1992. Currently there are 200 such police stations across Tamil Nadu.
40 per cent of such police stations are present in Tamil Nadu.
Cradle baby scheme:
Launched in 1992 in Salem this scheme was aimed at combating the low sex ratio and curb female infanticide.
By 2011 the state had registered an upward trend in the child sex ratio.
New Veeranam scheme:
This project aimed at catering to the drinking water problems in Chennai. The same was implemented in 2004.
Although it was C N Annadurai who introduced the scheme and later by Karunanidhi, Jayalalithaa is said to have given a fresh lease of life to this project.
In 2001, she named it the New Veeranam scheme.
Rainwater harvesting movement:
Started in 2001, she made rainwater harvesting compulsory in all buildings.
Statistics suggest that there was a marked improvement in Chennai's ground water table after this scheme was introduced.
Free laptop scheme:
In 2011 this scheme was introduced for students of government and government aided schools and colleges.
The scheme is said to have benefitted 3.25 lakh students.
Launched in 2013, the scheme aimed at providing food at cheap rates. An idli would cost Rs 1, pongal Rs 5 and curd rice Rs 3.
Amma baby care kits:
This scheme was aimed at improving hygiene of post natal mothers and new born babies.
Under this scheme a kit containing 16 items which included a towel, dress, bed, protective net, napkin, oil, baby soap, shampoo, soap box, liquid hand wash, nail cutter, baby rattle, toy, and a medicinal preparation to improve mother's health was given.