Hassan declares an assured income for women by honing their skills, says "no" to doles


Haasan declares an assures income for women by developing their skills, says ‘no’ to doles. Haasan was the first person to promise what he called in last December, a 'payment' to homemakers for their work. He is trying his luck from Coimbatore South, told a press conference, that an initiative like skill development can allow women to earn as much as Rs 10,000 to Rs 15,000 per month and "that is what we call payment to housewives and not doles to them." Actor Kamal Haasan and Chief Makkal Needhi Maiam presented his party's manifesto on March 19, Friday and promised income for housewives by sharpening their skills. Further, improving on the promise of monthly pay to homemakers by AIADMK and DMK, Kamal Haasan's Makkal Needhi Maiam on March 19, Friday, assured Rs 3,000 with "value rights assistance" to them in its manifesto for the assembly polls on April 6, but maintained it was not a dole.

MNM also promised monthly assistance of Rs 5,000 to select groups of people, including those aged 75, also those with 80 percent physical disability, abandoned women by their husbands and widows will also be provided skill development training. The promise of Rs 3,000 assistance comes days after the DMK and the ruling AIADMK assured pay of Rs 1,000 and Rs 1,500 to the women homemakers respectively in their declaration. The manifesto said by creating gig workers opportunities for educated women, they could earn Rs 10,000 to Rs 20,000 during their free time, and training for skill development would be provided to ensure it. Gig workers are generally those who are independent professionals and who enter into agreements with companies to provide services to the firms' clients. It was also mentioned that first-time workers will be provided with e-bikes under interest-free while school students will be provided with 10-inch smart tablets. MNM will not depend on tax revenue for generating funds, instead of through development schemes like generating employment. Haasan quotes, "This will not be for five years keeping in view the polls alone, but a vision document and a living document for another ten years, and will bring in a change in Tamil Nadu's political scenario,". MNM said it will introduce a State Eligibility cum Entrance Test (SEET) replacing the present NEET, which would be helpful to the students of Tamil Nadu.

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