Newly-appointed Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, J Jayalalithaa has started her term by fulfilling some of her major poll promises on 23 May.
Known for distributing freebies that range from free liquor to mixer grinders, to win mass support, Jayalalithaa has ordered 500 state-run TASMAC liquor shops to be shut down. The timings of other liquor stores have also been changed to 12 pm - 10 pm. Earlier, these shops used to operate from 10 am to 10 pm.
As the AIADMK manifesto had promised, Amma has ordered 8 gram gold for all BPL women before they get married.
Additionally, she has also also ordered a waiver of crop loans for farmers in the state and provided 100 units free power for all households in Tamil Nadu. Children in government schools will also be provided with free breakfast and lunch.
Apart from these, the manifesto included 50% subsidy to buy scooty for women, cheaper milk, new banking card to avail government services for poor. In their manifesto, the AIADMK government had promised that they would provide Rs 18,000 as maternity assistance to pregnant women.
She also said that she will implement the Lokayukta and raise storage level of Mullaiperiyar dam to 152 ft.
This is Jayalalithaa's second consecutive term as Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu. She holds the distinction of being the second person in the state to hold the Chief Minister's office consecutively.