Chennai: Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalithaa on Monday announced Amma Mobile phone scheme for the state’s women self-help groups. Jayalalithaa’s government plans to spend Rs 15 crore to buy 20,000 Amma mobile phones with special software in Tamil for trainers of the women self-help groups.
Amma is how the AIADMK supremo is fondly known in Tamil Nadu. Jayalalithaa already has a series of schemes running in that name, with a subsidised chain of canteens for the poor being highly popular among them.
In 2006, the rival Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam rode to power in the state by promising free colour TV sets to BPL families that held ration cards.
Chief Minister Jayalalithaa launched these canteens in Chennai to help the poor get quality nutritious food at subsidised prices. Fluffy idlis cost just Re 1 each; sambar rice Rs. 5 and curd rice Rs. 3. Following good public response, these restaurants were set up at all 200 wards in the city.
Now the state government has taken these canteens to nine other cities: Coimbatore, Madurai, Trichy, Tirunelvelli, Tuticorin, Salem, Erode, Vellore and Tirupur.