Chennai: Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalithaa on Thursday launched distribution of gold coins, weighing eight grams, to 12,500 women under the government’s marriage assistance scheme.
As a token gesture, she gave away gold coins to five beneficiaries from Dr Radhakrishnan Nagar, her home constituency. “Eight grams of gold coins will be distributed to 12,500 beneficiaries registered after May 23 and the government has allocated a sum of Rs 204 crore for this,” said an official release. Around 1.4 lakh beneficiaries, who had registered earlier, would be getting only four grams of gold.
Since 2011, the AIADMK government has been extending Rs 25,000 and a four-gram gold coin to women who studied up to Class 10 and above. Women who are graduates or diploma holders have been given Rs 50,000 along with a gold coin for their marriages.
Jayalalithaa announced eight grams of gold under the marriage assistance scheme after coming to power for her second consecutive term in May last. Financial assistance will continue as in the past.