Curated By: Business Desk
Last Updated: September 20, 2023, 11:08 IST
The Tamil Nadu government recently launched the Kalaignar Magalir Urimai Thogai Thittam Scheme, whereby monthly financial assistance will be provided to eligible women family heads across the state.
The scheme is intended to provide assistance to women who are struggling to make ends meet. It is also intended to empower women and help them to become self-sufficient.
The scheme is being implemented through the Tamil Nadu Social Welfare Department.
Kalaignar Magalir Urimai Thogai Thittam: Benefits
Kalaignar Magalir Urimai Thogai Thittam scheme is aimed at providing monthly financial assistance of Rs 1,000 to 1.06 crore eligible women family heads.
Of the nearly 1.63 crore applications received for the scheme, a total of 1.06 crore have been accepted.
Kalaignar Magalir Urimai Thogai Thittam: Eligibility
Under the Kalaignar Magalir Urimai Thogai Thittam, all women and transgender individuals above 21 years of age are eligible to apply. This includes unmarried and widowed women who are the heads of their households.
To qualify under the scheme, applicants should have an annual income of less than Rs 2.5 lakh, making the scheme particularly beneficial for economically vulnerable women. Land ownership is also taken into account, with applicants allowed to own less than 10 acres of dry land or five acres of wetland.
In addition to income and land ownership, the annual domestic power consumption of the family should be less than 3,600 units. These criteria aim to target assistance towards households facing genuine financial challenges.
Kalaignar Magalir Urimai Thogai Thittam: Exemptions
According to a report by CNBCTV18, certain categories of individuals are exempted from applying. These include employees of state and central governments and public sector undertakings, bank employees, income taxpayers, professional taxpayers, pensioners, elected representatives of local bodies, and owners of four-wheelers.
How To Apply For Kalaignar Magalir Urimai Thogai Thittam?
To enroll in the Kalaignar Magalir Urimai Thogai Thittam, eligible women need to visit their nearby ration outlets. Each household has the option to designate a single female member on their ration card to avail of the program’s benefits. If a man’s name is registered as the head of the household on the ration card, his spouse will be deemed eligible for participation in the scheme. Only one recipient is permitted per family’s ration card.
How Will Beneficiaries Receive The Financial Assistance Under Kalaignar Magalir Urimai Thogai Thittam?
The sum will be directly transferred into the bank accounts of beneficiaries and they will be given ATM cards to withdraw the amount. The beneficiaries will be notified of updates over SMS.