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Tuesday , 19 September 2017
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Palaniswami begins his CM tenure with populist schemes

Soon after taking charge as the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, Edapaddi Palaniswami has approved several of the welfare schemes that were part of the AIADMK election manifesto released during 2016 State assembly elections. One of the files signed by Palaniswami relates to an order to shut down 500 government-run wine shops. These government-owned liquor shops were run by the Tamil Nadu State Marketing Corporation. This is the second such order; the first order was issued by Jayalalithaa when she was re-elected in May 2016. Another important file signed by Palaniswami relates to providing financial assistance to farmers hit by drought. Palaniswami said that this was the top priority task for the government.

Another scheme approved by Palaniswami is the subsidy for two-wheelers, wherein the government will chip in with half the cost of the scooter, with an upper limit of Rs 25,000. This scheme would be applicable for working women and would benefit one lakh women. Financial assistance to pregnant women has also been increased from Rs 12,000 to Rs 18,000. The scheme will benefit around 6 lakh women. Monthly allowance for unemployed youth has also been revised – Rs 200 per month for up to 10th standard, Rs 300 per month for 10th pass, Rs 400 per month for 12th standard, and Rs 600 per month for graduates and post graduates. A scheme to build 5,000 houses for fishermen has also been approved by Palaniswami.

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