Jayalalithaa announces 'Amma' Gyms, 'Amma' Parks
Chennai: The brand 'Amma' under which various welfare schemes, including Amma canteen, Amma mineral water, Amma Cement, Amma pharmacies. Unveiling two more initiatives under the Brand, Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa today announced that Amma Parks and Amma gyms would be set up in rural areas of the State.
Making a Statement under Rule 110 in the State Assembly, she said in a bid to make the youth in rural areas mentally and physically strong, 500 Amma Gyms would be set up in rural areas at a cost of Rs 50 crore.
''Each of the gym will be set at a cost of Rs ten lakh'', she added. Jayalalithaa also announced setting up of 500 Amma Parks this year at a cost of Rs 100 crore in all Gram panchayats in the state.
These parks would be equipped with entertainment, sports and exercise equipment for children, women and senior citizens, pathways, concrete benches, drinking water facilities, lawns, green gardens and toilets, she added.
The Chief Minister said soil roads of 900 kms will be converted as tar roads, 1400 kms tar roads with big damage will be repaired, 1200 kms tar roads with small damage will be renovated, and all these will be done at a cost of Rs 800 crore.
Stating that 10 new Village Panchayat office buildings would be constructed this year at a cost of Rs 27 crore, she said individual wells and joint wells would be created to improve agriculture produce.
This year, she announced construction of 1,000 anganwadi centres at a cost of Rs 70 crore to benefit children and pregnant women. Ms Jayalalithaa said solid waste management scheme will be expanded to 3,524 Village Panchayat and this will make TamilNadu to get the tag of first State in the country to implement the scheme in all its villages.
The Chief Minister said small irrigation lakes will be renovated and upgraded at a cost of Rs.300 crore and the existing street lights will be replaced with LED lights at a cost of Rs 300 crore.
Pointing out that loans to the tune of Rs 26,460 crore were given through banks for women self help groups, Ms Jayalalithaa said this year steps would be taken to provide loan to the extent of Rs 6,000 crore to them.
Among various other schemes announced by the Chief Minister included, increasing the pension of village secretaries and plantation of trees to increase the green cover in rural areas.