Chennai, May 14 : Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa today announced 15 new schemes for upliftment of women in the state. Making a statement under Rule 110 in the State Assembly, she said all the schemes would be implemented this year.
She said an international centre called Tamil Nadu Commonwealth Mother Teresa Women Global Centre would be started by the State government in association with Commonwealth University. "The State government will allot Rs five crore to create infrastructure facilities at the Centre, which will give international educational exposure to girl students and teachers", she added.
Stating that steps would be taken to provide Rs 6,000 crore as loans to women self help groups and rural federations, the Chief Minister said Rs 10 lakh each would be given to 2,323 village poverty eradication associations to reach out to the needy. She said 4,000 rural federations would get Rs one lakh each to assist, guide and monitor self help groups.
The Tamil Nadu Rural Livelihood Movement will be implemented in the first phase in all 25,000 self help groups in 60 circles and New Life scheme will be introduced in 25,000 self help groups in 120 circles. She said Rs 9.50 crore would be allotted to provide education to the members of these groups.
The Chief Minister also announced setting up of 100 'Madhi' mobile shops to sell the products of SHGs, at a cost of Rs five crore. She said necessary training would be given to prevent attacks against women at a cost of Rs 1.25 crore. In a bid to encourage the usage of solar power equipment, 4,000 women would be trained at a cost of Rs 1.60 crore.
Stating that 1,000 bank agents would be created from SHGs and rural federations, Ms Jayalalithaa said awareness on non-communicable diseases would be created among 88.19 lakh women through SHGs. She said girl students from Adi Dravida and Tribal communities studying seventh and eighth standards would get Rs 1,500 as scholarships and washing machines would be given to 76 Adi Dravida Welfare Girls Hostels.
She said new tailoring machines would be given to Women Industrial Training Cooperative Societies, to enable its members to stitch in time the uniforms being given to students by the government. Ms Jayalalithaa said 20 working women hostels would be started in various parts of the State, at a cost of Rs 25 crore. She said the government would provide Rs 2,500 each to 20,000 women as subsidy share, to enable them get loan from Agricultural Cooperative Societies.