The scheme, aimed at women empowerment, will provide scooters to working women at a subsidized rate of upto 50 percent.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday launched the Amma Two-Wheeler scheme in Chennai.
He said that under the PM Awaz Yojana, the registration of a house is done in the name of women. "When we secure her future, we secure future of the entire home", he further added.
Noting that around 9.5 lakh women in Tamil Nadu benefitted out of the Central government's free cooking gas scheme, the prime minister said that over Rs 24,000 crore worth of projects are implemented by the central government in Tamil Nadu after BJP came to power at the centre. "I am told that on Amma's 70th birthday, 70 lakh saplings will be planted across Tamil Nadu".
"It was honorable Amma who took Tamil Nadu on the path of development, be it education or help to poor, all schemes were focused to uplift people".
The life-size statue of Jayalalithaa was unveiled by Chief Minister E Palaniswami and Deputy CM O Panneerselvam. PM Modi handed over keys of two-wheelers to 1000 beneficiaries during the inaugural event.
Chief Minister and AIADMK joint coordinator Edappadi K Palaniswami and Deputy Chief Minister and coordinator O Panneerselvam unveiled the 7 ft high statue in the presence of senior party leaders, ministers, MPs and MLAs. This is similar to the one that Jayalalithaa launched after the death of her mentor and party leader MG Ramachandran in 1980s titled ' Namadhu MGR' which was published from Chennai.
On Sunday, the PM will visit Puducherry. He said this scheme too would be the forerunner for other state governments, like other previous initiatives. Last month, the state government increased the subsidy component under the scheme from Rs 20,000 to Rs 25,000. "However, its preference will be a united AIADMK", said Perumal Mani, political analyst, referring to the rebel faction led by Sasikala with 18 outlier legislators claiming to be the "real" AIADMK.