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‘Chief Minister wants priority to be given to women beneficiaries’

WHEELS OF GROWTH:Transport Minister V. Senthil Balaji (right) handing over free bicycles to students at Government Women's ITI in Karur on Saturday.
WHEELS OF GROWTH:Transport Minister V. Senthil Balaji (right) handing over free bicycles to students at Government Women's ITI in Karur on Saturday.

Girls and women have been great beneficiaries of Chief Minister Jayalalithaa’s path-breaking schemes. Knowing that women’s development is the key to societal progress, the State government has been extending all possible assistance to them, said Senthil Balaji, Minister for Transport.

The Minister was speaking at a meeting held here on Saturday where he disbursed free bicycles, free laptops, and enhance stipend to students of the Government Girls ITI. Girls prospered well if proper assistance was extended to them. The State government had been offering many windows of development to them.

Besides, assistance and priority were given to women in not just education but in giving employment and in self-employment initiatives. Women made successful entrepreneurs and armed with technical knowledge they could become flourishing business persons. The State government was committed to their uplift. Whether it was development scheme or social welfare schemes, priority was for women.

The Minister said the students of the girls ITI were fortunate that they were getting free bicycles, free laptops, and enhanced stipend from this year and that was a boon to the students. He gave away laptops to 37 students, enhanced stipend to 77 students, and free bicycles to 18 students.

District Collector S. Jayandhi said there were many opportunities for the technically qualified women to become entrepreneurs on their own merit. More educated women must come forward to establish their own enterprise for society to have a balanced development, she said.

Municipal Chairperson M. Selvaraj, District Panchaya Chairperson Geetha Manivannan, Municipal Vice-Chairman A.R. Kaliappan, and Regional Joint Director of ITI Subbaiah spoke.

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