THE ruling Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) in Tamil Nadu has moved a step closer to fulfilment of its key electoral promise of the much-anticipated scheme of ₹1000 monthly honorarium (Magalir Urimai Thogai) for eligible women heads of families, and the same is said to be launched on the birthday of the Dravidian stalwart and the former Chief Minister C.N. Annadurai on September 15, 2023. This is widely hailed as a revolutionary scheme and will be a game-changer in the socio-economic life of TN women. What is also striking about the scheme is that for the first time in India, a medium-size State like Tamil Nadu, with a relatively large per capita income, has decided to expand its scope, taking it closer to the concept of Universal Basic Income (UBI). Implementing the scheme is not all that easy, as it requires collating enormous amount of data, adroitness, and operational efficiency in identifying the ‘eligible women’ who can truly and meaningfully benefit out of it. Nevertheless, the novel and innovative scheme is sure to make a huge impact in the political landscape of Tamil Nadu, and can be a precursor to the rest of the Indian states.
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