PM Modi launches Amma scooter scheme in Chennai
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday formally inaugurated the AIADMK government's ambitious two-wheelers scheme.
PM Modi began his address in Tamil by saying "Anbaana Sagothara, sagorathikale".
"When we empower women in our family, we empower our country. When we help with a woman's education,we ensure that the family is educated. When we facilitate her good health,we help keep the family healthy. When we secure her future,we secure future of the entire home, Modi said.
"We have also made a change in the Factory's Act and suggested to States that they allow women to work in the night shift as well. We have also extended maternity leave from 12 to 26 weeks. Under the PM Awaas Yojana, the registry of the House is done in the name of the woman."
"Tamil Nadu has been given Rs 200 crore for rural housing. The Union government has been working towards modernisation of fishing in TN.
"When there was a Congress-led Government at the Centre, Tamil Nadu had received Rs 81,000 crore under the 13th Finance Commission. After the NDA came to power, Tamil Nadu received Rs 1,80,000 crore under the 14th Finance Commission."
Earlier, Modi was received by Governor Banwarilal Purohit, Chief Minister E Palanisamy, Dy CM O Panneerselvam and others at Chennai airport.
A pet project of late chief minister J Jayalalithaa, the Amma Two-wheeler Scheme is being launched on her birth anniversary.
PM Modi's Chennai visit comes days after Tamil Nadu's deputy chief minister O Paneerselvam had revealed that the merger of the two factions became possible only with a nudge from Modi.
"He (Modi) said that you (Panneerselvam) could join (merge the faction) to save the party. I agreed but I said I don't want a Cabinet berth and that I will take a party position. Modi said I should continue with politics. That is why I'm a minister today," he said.
Earlier in the day, PM Modi launched various development projects and hand over certificates to beneficiaries of various official schemes in Dman.