Tamil Nadu Finance Minister Palanivel Thiaga Rajan has presented the state budget for 2023-24 at the Assembly house on Monday - March 20. During his budget speech that lasted for over an hour, Thiaga Rajan has made crucial announcements and one of them is - implementing Rs 1000 assistance for every women head in the state.
Often called one of the landmark promises of MK Stalin, the scheme of providing Rs 1000 for women heads, after being rusted on the table for long time, is now getting life. Announcing the scheme, the finance minister said that it will be launched on September 15, on the occasion of former Chief Minister and DMK stalwart CN Annadurai's birth anniversary, by Chief Minister MK Stalin.
While annoucing the implementation of the scheme, Palanivel Thiaga Rajan said, "We had promised in the election manifesto that Rs 1,000 would be given every month to women heads of households. We not only follow the saying - 'we do what we say and we say what we do', but we have also implemented many schemes which we haven't promised."
He further said, "Schemes such as Makkalai Thedi Maruthuvam, Pudhumai Penn, and Naan Mudhalvan weren't mentioned in the election manifesto. The Hon'ble Chief Minister, who has implemented such innovative schemes, has been reiterating that the promise to provide 'Magalir Urimai Thogai' should also be implemented. Based on this, I am very happy to announce that Rs 1,000 per month will be provided to women heads of eligible households from the upcoming financial year."
"The month of September has a special significance to the Dravidian movement. The scheme will be launched by the Hon'ble Chief Minister on September 15, the birth anniversary of Perarignar Anna, the great son of Tamil Nadu and an ace scholar. It is also noteworthy that the scheme will be launched in the centenary year of Muthamizharignar Kalaignar", Thiaga Rajan added.
The finance minister further announced that Rs 7000 crore will be allotted for the scheme, adding that the eligibility criteria and protocols to avail the scheme will be announced soon. In his third budget, Thiaga Rajan has made crucial annoucements and allocations to greatly enhance the corridors of infrastructure, education, road connectivity, sports, welfare schemes, and health and family welfare.