The brand ‘Amma’ gets bigger. Now, Tamil Nadu will have Amma parks and Amma gymnasiums set up in rural areas.
“Amma parks would be established in village panchayats at a cost of Rs 100 crore in this financial year. The parks would have good drinking water facility, toilets, play equipment, cement benches. Children, women and senior citizens can spend time in these parks which will also contain green grass,” the state chief minister J Jayalalithaa said in the assembly.
The government plans to set up 500 Amma gymnasiums at a cost of Rs 10 lakh each for the benefit of rural youths.
“The gymnasiums will help youth in rural areas be fit both physically and mentally. The government will spend Rs 50 crore to set up the gymnasiums,” said the chief minister.
The chief minister also said self-help groups (SHGs) would be able to get loans from banks to the tune of Rs 6,000 crore. “In the last five years, banks have lent Rs 26,460 crore as loans to SHGs and this year it would be Rs 6,000 crore,” she said.