List out various schemes of his government that aimed at women empowerment, he said, "When we empower women in our family, we empower our country".
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has arrived in Daman and will shortly join AIADMK in Chennai to launch the ambitious Amma Scooter Scheme for working women of Tamil Nadu. PM Modi handed over keys of two-wheelers to 1000 beneficiaries during the inaugural event. The policy also allows only one woman per family to utilize the scheme.
"When we help with a woman's education, we ensure that the family is educated", he said. "When we secure her future, we secure future of the entire home", he further added.
In his speech, Palaniswami said there are vested interests trying to create a rift between AIADMK functionaries, but their thoughts will not materialise as 1.5 crore party cadres are united and are fighting like soldiers to protect the party and the government like their eyelids. Under the PM Awaas Yojana, the registry of the House is done in the name of the woman. "The schemes of Union government are protecting nature even as we empower women", the prime minister said. We have celebrated this day to do welfare for the people of Tamil Nadu.
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. He said 70 lakh saplings would be planted throughout the year and also thanked the Prime Minister for lauding the ancient language Tamil recently, saying, Prime Minister was "courageously leading India". The party office was tastefully decorated to mark the birth anniversary of Jayalalithaa and a 70 kg cake was cut to mark the occasion.
Modi received a colourful welcome in Chennai, with the route of his short drive in the city lined with flags of the BJP and the ruling AIADMK. He was received at the airport by Tamil Nadu Governor Banwarilal Purohit, CM Palaniswami and Deputy CM O Panneerselvam. From there he flew to the INS Adyar Naval base near the Marina from where he drove to the Kalaivanar Arangam.
Radhakrishnan and Lok Sabha Deputy Speaker M. Thambi Durai, the Prime Minister also inaugurated a programme to plant 70 lakh tree saplings.
The former chief minister had promised 50 per cent subsidy on scooters for working ladies in the state during the run-up to the 2016 assembly elections.