Dravidian model is for equality, women empowerment, says Tamil Nadu CM Stalin


Development of the country is in the hands of women and all-out efforts are being made by the DMK regime for their empowerment, Chief Minister MK Stalin said here on Wednesday.

The Dravidian model of development is inclusive and includes both men and women. Nothing is planned except for women, Stalin said in his International Women’s Day address at Ethiraj College for Women.

The initiative to ordain aspirants from all castes as priests in temples includes a woman and that is the Dravidian model. Following in the footsteps of reformist leaders, initiatives and schemes for women empowerment are being implemented by the DMK government, Stalin said, adding that the country’s development is in the hands of women.

Equal rights of women in family properties (1989) and currently increasing reservation for women in government jobs from 30 per cent to 40 per cent are among the initiatives taken by the Chief Minister.

The Dr. Muthulakshmi Maternity Benefit Scheme aimed at ensuring maternal nutrition, schemes for education, marriage assistance and remarriage and fare-free travel for women in government-run city buses were among the many programs introduced by Stalin. were The Movlur Ramamirtham Amaiyar Higher Education Insurance Scheme provides financial assistance of Rs 1,000 to girls till they complete their graduation, diploma or any other recognized course.

The DMK regime, under the Dravidian model of all-inclusive development led by social justice, is implementing more and more schemes for education, social justice and women’s rights, Stalin noted.

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Such priority schemes of the government are leading to a huge leap in development. He said that traveling in buses without fare is not a concession but a right of women. “This has given socio-economic freedom to women, who say they save Rs 600 to Rs 1,200.”

Although women work in many fields and occupy key positions, it cannot be said that they are completely emancipated and to promote gender equality, a culture of thought must be promoted among men that women are their equals. are inferior to, he said, quoting reformist leader Periyar EV Ramasamy.

Awarding the awardees in literary and social work, he said that women have been honored in Tamil Nadu since the Sangam era and there were women poets and writers. Avvair, a female poet, was influential to the extent of intervening to avert a war between the two rulers. However, due to the ‘intercultural invasion’, women were suppressed and a movement was needed to emancipate them and the Dravidian movement was born.

Recalling Periyar’s services, he said that he was conferred the title of ‘Periyar’ (Great Leader) in 1938 at a convention organized by women. Citing the participation of a large number of women in the meeting, she said it was due to the Dravidian movement’s struggle for women’s rights.

Besides Periyar, former Chief Ministers CN Annadurai, M Karunanidhi and reformist leaders Savitribai Phule and Dr. BR Ambedkar should be remembered.

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