The state of Tamilnadu is grieving the loss of it’s beloved Chief Minister J Jayalalitha. Actress-turned-politician J.Jayalalitha commonly referred to as ‘Amma’ was born on 24th February, 1948. Jayalalithaa started her career as an actress in South Indian films. In 1982, she joined the AIADMK, which was founded by her mentor MG Ramachandran. MGR wanted her to be a member of the Rajya Sabha because of her fluency in English. She first became the chief minister of Tamil Nadu in 1991. She has ruled the state for over 15 years.
In 1972, she was conferred with Tamil Nadu Government’s “Kalaimamani Award”. In 2004, British House of Lords invited her to accept “ New Year’s Best Political Lady”. International Human Rights security committee has chosen her for “Thanga Tharagai” Award for her services in saving downtrodden and bringing Gender Equality in Tamil Nadu and India. 2011 America’s New Jersey Public Council has passed a resolution for praising her for the exemplary service and her dynamic Administrative capability in the upliftment of Tamil Populace.
She leaves behind a state that ranks among India’s top five in many social and Industrial sector. Let’s take a look at some of the greatest achievements by Chief Minister J Jayalalitha during her tenure :
1)The Mullaperiyar Dam Victory: TN won a major legal battle in the Supreme Court against Kerala in the mullaiperiyar damn issue. Jayalalitha called it a sweet victory.
2)Global Investor Meet : The TN government during her tenure attracted Rs.2.42 lakh crore in investments
3)Welfare schemes: Laptops, Bicycles, Canteen with Subsidised food,Special scholarship of Rs. 667 crores, Breakfast meals across government school were introduced only by her government.
4)Power cut: Power cuts were a major problem. Jayalalitha during her power solved this problem.
5)Gold Scheme for women (Thaaliku Thangam) : 4 grams of gold with Rs.25,000 towards marriage assistance. She also arranged marriages for couples from the poor section of the society.
6)Rainwater Scheme: An initiative by J Jayalalitha . The scheme helped people in water-starved regions in 2001.
7)Cradle Baby Scheme (Thottil Kuzhandhai Thittam): Another initiative by J Jayalalitha in 1992 to eradicate female infanticide. The scheme allowed parents to anonymously hand over newborn babies to Cradle baby centres in Madurai, Theni, Dindigul, Dharmapuri, erode and Namakkal. The scheme improved sex ratio of Tamil Nadu.
8)Amma Unavagam : This initiative by J Jayalalitha served low-cost food to the poor and migrant workers in major urban areas.
9) Banned Lotteries: In 2003, Jayalalitha government banned lotteries.
10) Veerappan : Dacoit Veerappan was killed during her government
11) Grew TN GDP from Rs.4Lakh crore to Rs.11 Lakh crore
12) Completing Veeranam Project : (Bringing drinking water to Chennai from Veeranam Lake situated 235km away from Chennai)
13) Jayalalitha introduced the nation’s first police station solely owned by women
14) Tsunami Rehabilitation : Tamilnadu was one of the worst-hit state in the country during Tsunami. Jayalalitha managed the damage with state’s fund and donations.
15) Temples: She renovated a lot of temples in TamilNadu.
16) Also it’s important to record that she leaves behind a state that ranks lowest in crime rate against women and children.
Jayalalithaa Jayaram, the “iron lady” of Tamil Nadu, ruled the south Indian state for more than half a century as an actor and then chief minister. She will continue to live in the hearts of Tamils.