Tamil Nadu Announces Rs.1 Lakh Subsidy for Women and Transgender Auto Drivers
Tamil Nadu Announces Rs.1 Lakh Subsidy for Women and Transgender Auto Drivers

The Tamil Nadu government has introduced a Rs.1 lakh subsidy to help 1,000 women and transgender individuals purchase autorickshaws. Labour Welfare Minister C.V. Ganesan announced the scheme on Friday, June 21. This initiative aims to support beneficiaries registered with the Tamil Nadu Drivers and Automobile Workshop Workers Welfare Board.

Minister Ganesan highlighted that the subsidy scheme is designed to boost the earnings and promote self-sufficiency among women and transgender auto drivers. By helping them acquire autorickshaws, the government hopes to improve their livelihoods and create sustainable income opportunities.

Additionally, the government plans to launch specialized orientation programs in key districts, including Virudhunagar, focusing on safety measures in firecracker manufacturing units. This initiative aims to enhance workplace safety and promote best practices among workers handling explosive materials.

Supporting skill development further, government industrial training institutes will offer tailored programs to upskill personnel in Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs). Minister Ganesan emphasized these initiatives during discussions on the Labour and Skill Development Department's budget allocation.

Ganesan, who also oversees the Skill Development portfolio, announced enhancements at the 71 government industrial training centers. These centers will provide skill upgradation programs specifically for MSME employees, ensuring that workers are better equipped to perform their tasks safely and efficiently.

In his policy note on the Labour Welfare and Skill Development Department tabled in the assembly, Minister Ganesan stated that the government has amended laws to increase the frequency of inspections at fireworks factories. Due to the significant hazards and higher incidence of accidents in these factories, all fireworks factories are now classified as high-risk and will be inspected every six months to ensure compliance with safety regulations.

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