TN Budget: Stipend of Rs 1,000 for girl students in Tamil medium schools

The Finance Minister also said that the DMK’s scheme granting stipends to girl students pursuing higher education has increased enrollment by 34%.
TN Finance Minister Thangam Thenarasu presenting the Budget
TN Finance Minister Thangam Thenarasu presenting the BudgetX
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The Tamil Nadu government’s budget for 2024-25 was presented on February 19 by state Finance Minister Thangam Thenarasu. A total of 17.14 crores has been allocated towards schemes benefiting women and girls. 

Rs 13,720 crores allocated for this year for the Kalaignar Magalir Urimai Thittam. The scheme that was launched last year, awards a monthly stipend of Rs 1000 to women based on certain criteria. Women above the age of 21 with an annual family income of less than Rs 2.5 lakh, family land holding not exceeding 5 acres (wetland) and 10 acres (dryland), and annual household electricity consumption below 3,600 units are eligible for availing the scheme. 

The Vidiyal Payana Thittam that was launched after the DMK came to power in 2021 ensured free bus travel (ordinary fare) for all women in state-owned buses that ply in cities and towns. Later trans persons, people with disabilities and their  attendants were also included in the scheme. The scheme has now been extended for women who live in hilly regions Nilgiris, Kodaikanal and Valparai areas. The move comes after unanimous demands for such an extension by farm labourers, construction workers and Adivasi activists. The Tamil Nadu government has allocated Rs 3050 crores for this scheme for 2024-25. 

Read: Free bus travel for women in Tamil Nadu: Groups demand extension of scheme in hills 

The Moovalur Ramamirtham Ammaiyar Puthumai Penn scheme provided financial assistance of Rs 1000 each month to girl students pursuing higher education after school. The scheme has been extended to girl students from government-aided Tamil medium schools. While presenting the budget, minister Thangam Thenarasu also said that enrollment in higher education had gone up by 34% among school-going girls after the launch of the scheme. An allocation of Rs 370 crores has been made towards this scheme for the coming financial year. 

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