AIADMK manifesto promises free washing machines and education loan waivers
The party also said it would demand the Union government drop the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA).
Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi Palaniswami and Deputy Chief Minister O Panneerselvam released the AIADMK released its manifesto for Assembly elections in Chennai on Sunday. Announcing a slate of populist programs, the party announced free washing machines, solar cookers, 2GB of data for students, free cable and lower fuel prices. Other key promises include student loan waivers, door-to-door delivery of rations and concrete houses for residents of the state. The party also promises government employment for every family that does not have a single person employed in the government sector.
One of the AIADMK’s biggest poll promises is that the party would demand that the Union government drop the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA). When the bill was presented to the Rajya Sabha, 125 MPs voted for the legislation and 99 against. AIADMK’s 11 votes were crucial for the passage of the bill in the Upper House. In the Lok Sabha, AIADMK’s only MP, OP Raveendranath, son of Deputy CM OPS, voted for the bill.
The manifesto focuses on students and women. Among the promises made to students are the distribution of 200 ml of milk or powdered milk to students, education to be carried on the state list from the simultaneous list, midday meals to be extended for classes 9-12. In addition to this, a student loan waiver and 2GB of data for students will be granted if the AIADMK is elected to power.
For women, the AIADMK promises one year maternity leave, a bus concession for women, six bottles per year, Rs 1500 per month for women heads of household and a free washing machine.
Given the expected split in votes from the Thevar community which largely voted for the AIADMK, the party announced that it would take steps to rename Madurai Airport after Muthuramalinga Thevar, an icon and patriarch of the community. .
Here are the highlights:
Social justice programs announced
Solar cookers, washing machines will be provided free of charge to all ration card holders.
6 free gas bottles per year for all family members.
As part of the public distribution program, all family card holders will receive essential ration items directly to households
For those who do not have houses in the villages, the government will build concrete houses and in the cities, they will be given houses in apartments on land purchased by the government.
Free connection to government cable TV
The pension for the elderly is to be increased to Rs 2000 (increase of Rs.1000)
Continued financial assistance will be provided by the government for Pongal
Focus on women
Through this scheme, all family card holders will be entitled to a family bank account of Rs. 1,500 per month in their bank accounts. Men’s banking services will be paid for in households where women are not there.
Female bus travelers will get 50% off city buses
Maternity leave for women extended to one year
Maternity funds will increase from Rs 18,000 to Rs 21,000
Kavalan app in all districts of the state to increase safety for women
Self-help groups to obtain loan programs and a bank for women
Digital marketplace to sell SHG products
Girl Child Protection Scheme: Scheme allowance will be increased from Rs 50,000 to Rs 70,000
Amma vehicles for surveillance: The Amma patrol team in Chennai will be extended to other districts.
CCTV cameras for Tier II areas
Promises for students
The nutritious meals program will be extended to cover students in grades 9, 10, 11 and 12.
Students will receive 2 GB of data per day throughout the year.
The student loan will be cancelled.
Coaching centers for exams like UPSC, NEET, IIT-JEE, TNPSC etc will be set up.
Tamil will become a compulsory subject for students.
The breakfast offered to primary school children will be expanded with the help of private players.
All pupils from anganwadis to upper secondary schools will receive 200ml of milk/milk powder per day.
A separate university will be created for skills development.
10 world-class universities will be established in Tamil Nadu in partnership with universities like Cambridge, Oxford, Yale, Harvard, etc.
A subsidy will be given to public college students for the purchase of two-wheelers.
Laptops for students studying self-funded in public schools.
Push for farmers
Farmers will receive a grant of Rs. 7,500 per year to encourage farmers and increase their agricultural production.
MSP to be decided for turmeric, onion, paddy, banana, millets, tapioca
The 100 Day Employment Program (MGNREGA) will be extended to 150 days
Local residents will be given preference for employment in private industries
Importance given to Tamil
Tamil will become an Indian administrative language
Release of seven convicts for the assassination of Rajiv Gandhi.