Prime Minister Narendra Modi paid his tribute to late Jayalalithaa, former chief minister of Tamil Nadu on Sunday. He launched the Amma Two Wheeler Scheme, one of Jayalalithaa’s dream projects to empower the poor. He also announced that seventy lakh plants will be planted across Tamil Nadu on Jayalalithaa’s 70th birth anniversary.

Shedding light on the programs and schemes for citizens, he said that central government is focused on improving the lives of the common man. “All our people-centric programs have been oriented towards this aim,” Modi said.

Highlighting the need to empower women in the country, he said, “When a woman is empowered, the entire household is empowered. This results in the empowerment of the country,” he said. The Prime Minister explained that women will be given loans worth Rs10 lakh to set up business. He referred to the “Stand Up India scheme,” which will offer women an opportunity to become entrepreneurs. Modi said that a few amendments have been made to the Factory's Act to offer women flexible working environment (including night shifts) in factories. Maternity leave have been extended from 12 weeks to 26 weeks, he said.

The Prime Minister also shed light on farmer-centric schemes, financial inclusion in rural areas, and improvement in health and sanitation across the country.

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