Tamil Nadu Elections 2016: AIADMK manifesto offers more freebies-phones, electricity, loans, wi-fi
Alleging that the free laptops offered by DMK is accompanied by doubled-up cable connection prices, Amma added free laptops and wi-fi facilities. Some of the other sops offered by her include mobile phone for all ration card holder and free 100 units of power. Saying that it will benefit 78 lakh customers, she further announced that these customers do not have to pay the bills.
This came in the wake of the poll campaign by Congress President Sonia Gandhi, along with the ally DMK President M Karunanidhi. In fact, Amma broke the tradition of releasing the party manifesto in the headquarters and launched it in a public rally.
Employment will also be taken care of and Amma ensured that, if voted to power, she would ensure that on emember from each family was employed, even if for vocational training.
The assistance under a maternity scheme has been increased from Rs 12,000 to Rs 18,000. It has been assured to increase the quantum of gold for thali (mangal sutra) from the existing 4 grams.
Furthermore, the party assured to give Rs 500 coupon for people to buy handloom clothes from state-run Co-optex during the harvest festival of Pongal.
Waiver of co-operative farm loans, creation of Amma Venture Capital Fund of Rs 500 crore to create first generation entrepreneurs have been executed, apart from a Rs 100 crore Amma Collateral Guarantee Fund to provide collateral-free loans to SMEs.
Amma also said that the government will repay educational loans of people who remain unemployed. She also assured to provide 50 percent subsidy for women to buy scooters or moped.
Agriculture and farming will also receive a facelift as AIADMK announces Rs 40,000 crore of crop loan for the 2016-21 five year period. Mechanization of farming activities, apart from a host of other welfare measures including other subsidies have also been assured.
While assuring that genetically-modified seeds will not be allowed in the state, the party also said that they will stand by the people and fight against the Coal Bed Methane and shale gas projects in the Cauvery delta area as well as the GAIL pipeline through farmlands in the state.
Te party promised to add 18,500 MW of power from various sources in the next five years. It has also assured that power infrastructure will be upgraded for proper distribution of electricity. The Cauvery water resolution has also been guaranteed by the party.