MK Stalin takes a big leap by launching Rs 1,000 monthly assistance scheme for women...All you need to know!

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister MK Stalin has on Friday - September 15 taken a big leap by launching what a sea of women have been waiting for a long time - Rs 1,000 monthly assistance scheme to the women heads. It was a significant promise made by the DMK during the 2021 assembly polls and two years after coming to power, the MK Stalin government gave a complete shape to the scheme, that will be benefitting around 1.6 crore women in the state. 

Earlier this year, during the budget session in the assembly, the Tamil Nadu government announced that Rs 1,000 monthly assistance scheme will be launched on September 15 on the occasion of the birth anniversary of CN Annadurai, the founder of DMK and former Chief Minister. While it was scheduled to be held on Annadurai's birth anniversary, the scheme was named after M Karunanidhi (Kalaignar Magalir Urimai Thittam), who was Annadurai's protege and former Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu. 

Annadurai and Karunanidhi have been celebrated and regarded as the prominent architects of Tamil Nadu and its roots of social justice. MK Stalin government's apparent delay in implementing the scheme had drawn blistering criticism from the opposition parties and when the government announced the roll out of the scheme earlier this year, it was seen that the scheme would confer more strength to MK Stalin's push of the Dravidian model governance. 

The government had beefed up its drive to identify the beneficiaries of the scheme and the applications for the scheme were distributed across the state from July 24 to August 14. It appeared that the government was keen in expediting the process of benefitting crores of women under the scheme. After scrutinising the details furnished by women, the authorities filtered the 'right' beneficiaries to ensure that the scheme would benefit the women who met the eligibility criteria. 

Later, two days ahead of the launch, the final beneficiaries on September 13 received a message that Re 1 was credited to their bank account to ensure that the transactions are free of hassles and women who received that message had a confirmation that they have been brought under the scheme and that they would be conferred with Rs 1000 every month. 

Surprisingly, scores of women who were selected under the scheme had started to receive Rs 1,000 on their bank accounts on September 14, a day ahead of the launch of the scheme. Though its typical that any scheme would be launched in the presence of the Chief Minister, the authorities said that with the view of avoiding any technical glitches in crediting Rs 1,000 to over one crore bank accounts in a single day on September 15, it was decided to send money to some beneficiaries a day before. 

On September 15, Chief Minister MK Stalin had officially launched the scheme at an event in Kanchipuram, the birthplace of CN Annadurai. After launching the event, MK Stalin distributed bank debit cards to several beneficiaries and as it is a state-wide scheme, the ministers launched it in their respective districts. It has been regarded as one of the biggest schemes from the Stalin government. 

The sources in the know say that MK Stalin has been very keen about the success of the scheme and he has been insisting the authorities to make sure that the scheme won't get caught in deep water. Even in a virtual discussion with the authorities from across the state, MK Stalin has said that it is the government's biggest scheme and over one crore women would get benefitted directly at a same time. He also instructed the authorities that they have a responsibility for successfully rolling out the scheme. 

After launching the scheme, MK Stalin addressing the gathering during which he said that this Rs 1,000 monthly assistance scheme is 'rightful money' for women for their efforts and struggles. He also said that women have to think progressively and they must study more and he also said, "As long as women receive this Rs 1,000 monthly assistance, it means that MK Stalin is ruling the state."

While this scheme would be benefitting 1.6 crore women heads and the money will be credited to them on the 15th of every month, the women who missed out the eligibility would be notified with a reason for why they haven't chosen to the scheme through a message on September 18. It has also been reported that the government is taking steps to bring all the eligible women under the scheme and those who were missed out can go for an appeal based on the reason why their application was rejected. 

If there is any discrepancy in the application or the documents, the women whose applications were rejected are instructed to make an appeal in thirty days from the date of receiving notification on why their applications were rejected. Some of the basic restrictions why women won't come under the scheme include - women heads whose family is earning over Rs 2.5 lakh per annum, those who are paying income tax, if the family is consuming more than 3,600 units of electricity per year, if the women heads are the employees of central/ state governments, public sector units, and banks, women heads who receive pensions and possess private vehicles, and women who are already getting benefitted from the government schemes like pension for oldage people and widows.