The scheme ensures a basic minimum income of Rs 1,000 per month for eligible women heads of families
Three days since the DMK government’s flagship scheme ensuring a basic minimum income of Rs 1,000 per month for eligible women heads of families was inaugurated by Chief Minister MK Stalin, as many as 2 lakh women have already applied for it, Tamil Nadu Health Minister Ma Subramanian said on Thursday.
The Kalaignar Magalir Urimai Thogai Thittam (Kalaignar women’s rights grant) scheme is set to be launched on September 15, on the birth anniversary of former Chief Minister and DMK party founder CN Annadurai.
Addressing reporters after inspecting the registration camps at Saidapet, Virugambakkam and Maduravoyal Assembly constituencies, Subramanian said registrations will be conducted in different phases across the state with the first phase, which began on July 24, to go on till August 4, second phase between August 5 and 16 and third phase, for those who missed the earlier ones, will be conducted from August 17-28.
According to the minister, in Chennai alone, registration work is on at 1,428 public distribution shops (PDS). Of these, in the first phase, registration is on at 704 shops, besides the 1,730 camps (with each camp for every 500 ration card holders) set up across the city.
To ensure that the process runs smoothly, special camp monitoring officers, volunteers, police personnel, mobile teams are also involved in the process. “In Chennai alone, 5,30,572 applications have been distributed and in three days, 2,01,050 applications have been registered,” the Minister added.
In the 2023-24 Budget, the state government announced an allocation of Rs 7,000 crore for the implementation of the scheme.