“Amma”, the iron lady who has made her place in the hearts of Tamilians masses. People worshipped her like their goddess and mother. But on the day of 5 December 2016, news of the sudden demise of the Amma created a shock for the peoples who literally love her a lot.
Not many politicians are being loved by the peoples like she was loved. Jayram Jaylalithaa or popularly known as J. Jaylalitha was the political leader of AIADMK (All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam) with charismatic leadership qualities. She was the most beloved Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu.
After hearing the news of death of their “Amma” nearly 470 people died of the shock”. Such was the legacy of that iron lady of Tamil Nadu. No they were not the crazy peoples or stupid peoples who have died for a corrupt political leader. But they died for a woman have lit their lives with the happiness. Really this woman was the reason for the progress of Tamil Nadu state. She gave all the good things which can she can give to the people of Tamil Nadu.
Here are some highlight of What CM J. Jaylalitha Did For Tamil Nadu?
1. The Cradle baby scheme
The first welfare scheme launched by the Jayalalithaa when she came to the power in 1991. The scheme was aimed at lowering the number of female foeticide and gender-based abortion. Under this scheme, anyone could anonymously give their new born babies to the state government. The state would take care of the baby. Even the state has the right to give them up for adoptions.
2. Amma Canteen
A scheme under which people can get foods from canteens for Re. 1. Under the scheme, municipal corporations of the state run canteens serving subsidised food at low prices. These canteens became the huge hit. This were maintained by women Self Help Groups (SHG).
The first canteens were opened in Chennai, and later in other corporations of the state. The dishes are offered at low prices: ₹1 for an idli, ₹5 for a plate of sambar rice, ₹5 for a plate of “Karuvapellai Satham” (Curry leaves rice) and ₹3 for a plate of curd rice.
3. Amma Kudineer or Amma Water
Where multinational corporates were selling water on railway station and bus stands for Rs. 20 per litre, The Tamil Nadu Government began to sell packaged drinking water for Rs.10 per litre from 2013. This Amma water was affordable for everyone, after then the poorest of the poor people were seen holding the Amma Kudineer.
4. Amma Salt
Another subsidized item in the list was, Amma salt which is affordable for the lower income class peoples. This salt was made by the Tamil Nadu Salt Corporation that comes in three variations — Double Fortified Salt, Refined Free Flow Iodised Salt and Low Sodium Salt. They are distributed through government-run PDS outlets.
5. Amma Baby Care Kits
Every mother who gave birth to her child at a government hospital gets 16 types of baby-products worth Rs. 1000 for free.
The kit comes as a carry bag and contains a baby towel, dress, bed, mosquito net, napkin, baby oil, baby soap, bath soap, soap box, liquid sanitizer, nail cutter, rattle, doll, and ‘Sowbhaghya Legiyam’ (a medicinal preparation to improve mother’s health).
6. Amma Pharmacy
Medicines available at high prices in drug store are now being sold through these State-owned pharmacies at special discounts from 20 to 35 percent. These pharmacies are functioning at three locations in Tuticorin and Kayathar to benefit the poor and the middle income group people.
These medical shops sell all kind of medicines – generic and branded lower than the market rates. Daily wage labourers are the most benefited from this scheme.
7. Amma Insurance
Popularly known as Amma mediclaim, this scheme assured of providing Rs.1 lakh per annum for a total period of four years for each family. In the case of certain procedures, the ceiling would be raised to Rs.1.5 lakh per annum.
The new scheme would cover 1,016 procedures, 113 follow up procedures and 23 diagnostic procedures. The cost of tests required for treatment would also be part of the insurance cover.
8. Amma Grinder, Mixie, Table fan
The first budget after AIADMK came back to power in 2011 allotted Rs.1,250 crore for providing free table fan, mixie and grinder for the poor. Over the next five years the government not only managed to cover a large base but also opened exclusive centres for repair and maintenance of these electric items.
So above schemes were the reasons which made her very popular among the crowds of Tamil Nadu. Maybe this can be a political propaganda but this was also helping the poor peoples of the state. And this became the major reason for her popularity. Still after her fateful demise peoples remember her, mourn for her and say that, “no one can take place of Amma“.