On the 15th of September, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister MK Stalin marked the birth anniversary of Dravidian icon C N Annadurai by unveiling a groundbreaking initiative aimed at uplifting women across the state. The initiative, aptly named the “Kalaignar Magalir Urimai Thogai Thittam” scheme, holds the potential to bring about a significant positive change in the lives of countless women in Tamil Nadu.
Honoring Dravidian Legends
Chief Minister MK Stalin chose a significant date for the launch of this initiative, as it coincided with the birth anniversary of the first Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, renowned Dravidian leader C N Annadurai. Annadurai, who hailed from Kancheepuram, played a pivotal role in steering the Dravidian movement and the DMK party to its historic victory in the 1967 assembly election. He subsequently served as Tamil Nadu’s Chief Minister from 1967 to 1969 and founded the DMK in 1949. The launch of this scheme on his birth anniversary pays tribute to his remarkable legacy.
The Kalaignar Magalir Urimai Thogai Thittam Scheme
The heart of this visionary program is to provide monthly financial assistance of ₹1,000 to eligible women beneficiaries across Tamil Nadu. The initiative is named after another Dravidian stalwart, late DMK patriarch M Karunanidhi, popularly known as “Kalaignar,” which means an artist of eminence. This name was chosen to honor his immense contribution to the state and the party.
Inclusivity and Reach
The state government has taken a comprehensive approach to ensure that the scheme benefits a wide cross-section of women in Tamil Nadu. It has identified an impressive 1.06 crore women (approximately 1,06,50,000) as beneficiaries under the plan. The financial assistance of ₹1,000 per month will be disbursed through the Direct Benefit Transfer system, making it a seamless and efficient process.
CM Stalin Distributes ATM Cards, Achieving Full Election Promise Fulfillment
CM Stalin additionally distributed ATM cards to those who are beneficiaries of the program. The introduction of this initiative signifies the successful realization of a significant electoral commitment made by the ruling DMK party, achieving a complete fulfillment of the party’s pledges to the citizens.
A Tribute to Dravidian Values
On the 115th birth anniversary of C N Annadurai, CM Stalin paid his respects by garlanding a statue of the Dravidian stalwart before launching this ambitious and socially progressive scheme. It is a testament to the enduring legacy of Dravidian values and the commitment of the Tamil Nadu government to uplift its citizens, particularly its women.