Brides, working women, pregnant women - the manifesto promised something for women in all walks

From 50 per cent subsidy for scooties to maternity assistance Jayalalithaa woos TNs women votersPTI
news Elections Thursday, May 05, 2016 - 19:28

The AIADMK manifesto, released by Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa on Thursday had plenty of promises to woo women voters in the state.

For the working woman, the party promised 50 per cent subsidy to buy scooties. 

For brides, the AIADMK promised one sovereign gold ahead of their marriage. In its 2011 political manifesto, the party promised four grams of gold along with Rs. 25,000 as marriage assistance.

For pregnant women, the ruling party also promised maternity assistance of Rs. 18,000, while women government employees would be granted maternity leave of nine months.  Presently women government employees are granted six months of maternity leave.

The Amma Master Health check-up and the Amma women special check-up launched earlier this year at Government General Hospital in Chennai would be expanded to all districts.  The Amma Master Health check-up includes blood and urine tests, sugar, thyroid, and cholesterol screening among others, while the Amma women special check-up included procedures such as pap-smear and digital mammogram.   

If voted to power, the AIADMK also promised to train women in driving vehicles and would also provide a subsidy to buy auto rikshaws.

According to the Election Commission, Tamil Nadu has 2.91 crore women voters and 2.88 crore men voters.

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