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TN CM Amma's First Day Bonanza: Free Power, More Gold And Less Alcohol


Tamil Nadu CM J Jayalalithaa, who assumed office for the sixth time on Monday after taking oath at Chennai's Madras University Centenary Auditorium, announced a list of government schemes in keeping with the AIADMK's campaign promises. On her first day in office, Jayalalithaa immediately ordered five schemes to be put into place:

· TASMAC shops to be open from 12 noon to 10 pm. 500 retail shops to be closed. Earlier, shops were open from 10 am to 10 pm.

· 100 units of free power for every household.

· All farmers to get 750 units of power free of cost. Handloom weavers to get 200 units of electricity free of cost. Total cost of the scheme pegged at Rs 1, 607 crore.

· Waiver of all crop loans for farmers till March 31, 2016 totalling up to Rs 5,780 crore

· Women from poor households to receive eight grams of gold for mangalsutra, and Rs 50,000 in cash.

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