Chennai Corporation has launched 66 welfare schemes to mark the 66{+t}{+h} birthday celebrations of Chief Minister Jayalalithaa. The welfare schemes focus mainly on women empowerment, public health, environment conservation, food security, education and sports development.

The Chennai Corporation will deposit Rs.10,000 in public sector banks for each girl child born on February 24 of 2012, 2013 and 2014. As many as 66,000 residents will get eye glasses free of cost. Coconut saplings will be distributed to 66,000 households that have gardens. Best gardens maintained by houses have been nominated for prizes from the Chennai Corporation.

Exhibition of vegetables and fruits grown at home by residents have already been organised for two days in the city for distribution of the awards. “A large number of residents participated in the exhibition held in Nandanam. Residents have started to grow plants at home after being motivated by such participants,” said an official of Chennai Corporation. 

Chennai Corporation has also commenced work on improving 66 water bodies and commission rain water harvesting facilities in buildings and storm water drains. The ground water levels will improve considerably after completion of work on desilting and restoration of water bodies. The work includes landscaping, desilting and plugging of illegal sewer inlets, officials said. The civic body will also introduce Gambusia fish in 660 minor water bodies and tanks in the city to control mosquito breeding.

 At least 66,000 residents will be enlisted for voluntary blood donation camps in the residential neighbourhoods. Persons who regularly consume food from Amma canteens will be selected for awards. Premises of Chennai Corporation offices, schools, hospitals, courts and beaches will be cleaned with superior sanitary conditions. NGOs contributing towards civic improvement will be traced by the Chennai Corporation for awards. Best teachers of Chennai Schools will receive awards to motivate them for improving education of the weaker sections. Residents will be subjected to medical screening at all wards for tertiary care.   

Other key announcements included awards for best residents’ welfare associations, awards for the best pets, medical camps, identification and honouring of all centenarians in the city and sports competitions across the city.

The schemes focus mainly on women empowerment, public health, environment conservation, food security, education and sports development