Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 24 February 2018 kickstarted the subsidised Amma two-wheeler scheme meant for working women, on the occasion of former Chief Minister Jayalalithaa’s 70th birth anniversary. As part of the scheme, every beneficiary will be given 50% of the cost of a two- wheeler or a grant of ₹25,000. Each year, one lakh working women would be covered.
In the presence of Governor Banwarilal Purohit, Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami, Deputy Chief Minister O. Panneerselvam, Union Minister of State for Shipping Pon. Radhakrishnan and Lok Sabha Deputy Speaker M. Thambi Durai, the Prime Minister also inaugurated a programme to plant 70 lakh tree saplings. In the last six years, 3.99 crore saplings were planted under a similar programme.
Earlier the Prime Minister Modi was welcomed by Governor Banwarilal Purohit, Chief Minister K Palaniswami and top State officials at Chennai airport. From there he flew to the INS Adyar Naval base near the Marina from where he drove to the Kalaivanar Arangam. Addressing a function outside the Kalaivanar Arangam, Mr. Modi expressed happiness over his being able to inaugurate “one of her [Jayalalithaa’s] dream projects.”