Amma literary awards for Women Tamil Scholars
Chennai: Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa announced Amma Literary Award for women Tamil scholars, who dedicate themselves for the cause of women literature. The award will carry a purse of Rs 1 lakh and a citation. Reading out a statement under Rule 110 of the Assembly, she said, "From this year, the award will be presented on Tamil New Year's Day."
Jayalalithaa also announced Best Translator Award for 10 persons every year. Like the Amma Literary Award, this, too, will carry a purse of Rs 1 lakh and a citation. It will be presented to people who do quality translation works.
"In order to spread the fame of Bharathidasan, his 125th birth anniversary will be celebrated as a two-day poetry event at a cost of Rs 5 lakh," the Chief Minister said, adding that 125 poets would attend the programme. She also said the birth anniversary of Bharathidasan will be celebrated by the government as 'Tamil Poet Day' from this year.
Jayalalithaa said World Tamil Association awards will be presented to Tamil scholars from abroad every year during Tamil New Year's Day. The honour will carry Rs 1 lakh purse and citation.
Accepting a longtime request of Koreans and having in mind the links between Tamil and Korean, Jayalalithaa said 'Thirukkural' will be translated into Korean language. Also, 'Aathichudi' will be translated into Chinese and Arabic. These will be done at a cost of Rs 15 lakh.
Quoting a saying by former Chief Minister C N Annadurai that 'pen is mightier than the sword', Jayalalithaa said her government is showing special care towards journalists as they are the fourth pillar of democracy and they work day and night.
'After this government took charge, journalists' pension was hiked two times,' she said, announcing a further hike. The pension for ailing journalists who retired from work after serving for 20 years will be hiked from Rs 7,500 per month to Rs 8,000. Likewise, the family pension of journalists will be hiked from Rs 4,500 to Rs 4,750.
She said these steps by her government will create a hope among journalists about their future. The announcement was well received by legislators and mediapersons in the Assembly hall.