Chennai: On the occasion of Tamil Nadu’s former chief minister J. Jayalalithaa’s 70th birth anniversary, Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) government’s subsidized Amma scooter scheme.

The scheme, providing 50% subsidized two wheelers to working women, was part of late Jayalalithaa’s 2016 election manifesto.

On Saturday, Modi who greeted the gathering in Tamil listed out the central government schemes meant for women after launching the Amma scooter scheme.

“I am told that on Amma’s 70th birthday, 70 lakh saplings will be planted across Tamil Nadu. These initiatives will go a long way in empowerment of women and protection of nature," Modi said.

He added, “When we empower women in a family, we empower the entire household. When we help with a woman’s education, we ensure that the family is educated."

At the event, Tamil Nadu chief minister Edappadi K. Palaniswami urged the prime minister to set up the Cauvery Management Board.

Palaniswami will soon lead a delegation of farmers and leaders from all parties to urge Modi to constitute the Cauvery Management Board within six weeks, as directed by the Supreme Court. The delegation is expected to visit New Delhi next week.

Modi’s visit comes days after deputy chief minister O. Panneerselvam’s statement that the AIADMK factions merged on the advice of the prime minister. The visit is also seen as an attempt to put an end to the speculations about strain between the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and AIADMK.

Earlier in the day, a life-size statue of Jayalalithaa was unveiled at the party headquarters. The party also launched Namadhu Amma, AIADMK’s mouthpiece.

The Namadhu MGR daily and Jaya TV network, which have served as the party’s mouthpiece over the years, are now controlled by jailed leader V.K. Sasikala and her family.

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