New Delhi: J. Jayalalithaa on Wednesday celebrated her "one year of achievements" as the Tamil Nadu Chief Minister with massive front page advertisements on all national dailies across the country.
The jacket ad running into four pages has Jayalalithaa's full page image and list her government's achievements.
Hailing her accomplishments, the ad 'One Year of Achievements Hundred Years Leap Forward', carries a message from Jayalalithaa which reads "The vision for Tamil Nadu for 2023 is to become, by then, India's most prosperous and progressive state with no poverty and where its people enjoy all the basic services of a modern society".
The jacket ad running into four pages has Jayalalithaa\'s full page image and list her government\'s achievements.
The ad also highlights the work done by the AIADMK government in the last one year in areas like health, security, industries, sports, transport, tourism, environment etc. It also talks about how Jayalalithaa has worked for the welfare of the poor, women, students, minorities, differently abled and farmers.
Rajya Sabha MP and former Tamil Nadu CM M. Karunanidhi's daughter Kanimozhi has criticised the ad saying, "It's alright to bring out advertisements if you have achieved something...don't know what the CM (Jayalalithaa) has achieved in a year."
CPI leader Gurudas Gupta also disapproved of the idea saying, "It's a massive wastage of public money. It's over publicity when CMs get publicity anyways...not just Jayalalithaa, Modi and Mamata have also done so."
Here are the key highlights of the ad:
20 kg free rice to ration card holders and 35 kg to Anthyodhya Anna Yojana card holders every month benefiting 1.86 crore families.
Gold for Thirumangalyam
4 gms of gold for Thirumangalyam and Rs 25,000 towards marriage assistance to 86,676 educated poor women.
4 gms of gold for Thirumangalyam and Rs 50,000 towards marriage assistance to 34,345 women with a degree/diploma.
Free mixie, grinder and fan
Free mixies, grinders and electric fans distributed to 15.89 lakh families to relive the women from drudgery.
Rs 1.05 crore extended on welfare assistance to 25,392 labourers.
Six months maternity leave for women government employees.
Scheme to distribute sanitary napkins to 10 lakh adolescent girls, at no cost for the first time in India.
Free milch cows/goats/sheep
Distributed 12,000 free milch cows, 4 lakh goats/sheep for the economic upliftment of the poor.
389 new buses for TNSTC in 250 routes inaugurated.
42,848 people treated at a cost of Rs 110.09 crores under the new "Chief Minister's Comprehensive Health Insurance Scheme".
Multi Super Specialty Hospital and Medical College at Omandhurar Government Estate on par with AIIMS.
Free laptop computers
Free laptop computers to +2 and college students benefiting 1.80 lakh students.
39 anti-land grabbing cells formed
25 special courts formed at a cost of Rs 10.76 crores to try land grabbing case.
For the first time, the total budget size of the state government crossed Rs 1 lakh crores.
'Special Scholarship for Elite Sports Persons' introduced to nuture sports persons for Olympic and international competitions.
3240 talented sports persons identified under 'World Beaters Talent Spotting Scheme' with an incentive of Rs 6,000 to each.
Thane cyclone relief
Rs 1,640 crores sanctioned for immediate relief and restoration of Thane Cyclone affected areas in a record time.
An investment of Rs 1,500 crores by M/s. Yamaha Motors to set up Two Wheeler Vehicle Manufacturing Unit.
7 MOU to set up industries in Tamil Nadu at an investment of Rs 19,700 crores.
Water supply provided to 6,000 rural habitations, 3,447 government schools, 1,390 anganwadi centres and 229 government hostels.
First day of 'Chithiraj' restored as Tamil Nadu Year in accordance with tradition and celebrated as government function and distributed awards to Tamil Scholars, Tamil Organisation, etc.
Tourism & Culture
Infrastructure development works at 15 tourist spots at a cost of Rs 11.20 crores.
Monthly financial assistance of Rs 1000 extended to 500 additional indigent artistes.
Roads & Bridges
Widening of 4953 kms length of roads and improvements to 274 bridges/culverts completed at a cost of Rs 1730 crores.
11 new arts and science colleges opened.
Upgradation of 65 primary schools as middle schools.
Upgradation of 710 middle schools as high schools.
Upgradation of 100 high schools as high secondary schools.
Special cash incentive of Rs 1,500 for class X and XI students and Rs 2,000 for class XII students, to reduce the drop outs in higher classes.
Welfare of the differently abled
20 early intervention centres for the visually impaired children in the age of 0-6 years in 20 districts at a cost of Rs 2 crores.
Age limit of 45 is reduced to 18 in all the 32 districts at a cost of Rs 72 lakhs benefiting 2,400 differently abled.
Monthly pension increased from Rs 750 to Rs 1000 benefitting 2600 Ulamas.
Rs 1 crore allotted as financial assistance to Christians for holy pilgrimage to Jerusalem.
Construction of 60,000 green houses at a cost of Rs 1,080 crores.
Rs 52.5 crores, allotted for conversion of 20,000 panchayat street lights as solar lights.
Arasu Cable TV
Arasu Cable TV revived to provide better service with 100 channels at a subscription of Rs 70 per month benefiting 49.53 lakh subscribers.
Removal of VAT on agricultural implements and fertilizers.
Removal of VAT on domestic gas cylinder (Rs 14.72 per cylinder) benefiting 1.36 crore families.
Information & Public Relations
Journalists pension increased from Rs 5,000 to Rs 6,000 and their family pension enhanced from Rs 2,500 to Rs 3,000.
Multimedia publicity campaigns and photo exhibitions conducted in all districts.
Rs 190.17 crores disbursed for 2.70 lakh beneficiaries under "Chief Minister's Farmers Security Scheme".
100 per cent subsidy to small and marginal farmers in micro irrigation and 75 per cent subsidy to other farmers.