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DMK justifies shift from marriage aid scheme to higher education

Implementation of initial scheme faced various practical difficulties, says Minister

Implementation of initial scheme faced various practical difficulties, says Minister

The DMK government on Monday justified the transformation of the Moovalur Ramamirtham Ammaiyar Memorial Marriage Assistance Scheme into the Moovalur Ramamirtham Ammaiyar Higher Education Assurance Scheme, listing various practical difficulties in implementing the earlier scheme.

Responding to concerns raised by AIADMK MLA KA Pandian (Chidambaram) in the Tamil Nadu Legislative Assembly, Finance Minister Palanivel Thiaga Rajan said that only 24.5% of those who applied under the Moovalur Ramamirtham Ammaiyar Memorial Marriage Assistance Scheme have actually been found eligible to benefit when verified with the Tamil Nadu Integrated Poverty Portal Service (TIPPS).

If all the applications received under the scheme were to be accepted and assistance provided, the state treasury would need a sum of more than ₹3,000 crore, he said. Additionally, many of the applications have been pending for more than four years, and the primary goal of extending assistance to marriages would not be achieved if they were extended now.

Various irregularities have been pointed out by numerous audit reports in the implementation of the previous program, Mr. Rajan pointed out, and further claimed that the new program to support girls’ higher education will increase the gross rate. of schooling.

Chief Minister MK Stalin intervened to say that the DMK government aimed to empower women by encouraging higher education among them. He added that this new program was another form of the DMK policy to secure women’s rights and called on everyone to support the new program.

AIADMK Whip, SP Velumani joined the debate to say that more than 3 lakh applications were pending under the previous program. “They hope to get the previous scheme,” he said, adding that at least those who were found eligible would get an extension of benefits. Mr Rajan said the state government would consider it.