TN actor-turned politician Kamal Hassan moots salary for housewives

South India

CHENNAI: Home makers in Tamil Nadu will have better days if the Makkal Needhi Maiam (MNM) party of actor-turned politician Kamal Hassan is elected to power in the state.

The fledgling party has promised salaries for the job women do as housewives. This is a key feature of 'Enterprise Economy' announced by Kamal Haasan as part of 'Reimagining Tamizh Nadu'. Stop doling of mere benefit, empowering people, creating an environment that promotes entrepreneurial spirit are the other components of 'Vision Document - Tamizh Nadu 2021'.

"Housewife itself is a big job and should be paid commensurately. Paying housewives for doing their job is an idea whose time has truly come and we shall ensure it," said Kamal Hassan, who is preparing for the next assembly election.

The idea for remunerating the house was mooted by the Women and Child Development ministry of the UPA government in 2012, but the subsequent NDA government buried it. The proposal based on suggestions received from NGOs was to make it mandatory for husbands to share a certain percentage of their income with their wives who stay back and do household chores.

The tehn WCD minister Krishna Tirath said that if a portion of a husband's income is allocated as wife's share, it is likely to be spent on better food for children, on their education and the overall quality of standard of living of that household.

Kamal Hassan said that doling out mere benefits that most parties do was of no use. “We need to empower people platforms to help them to achieve more via ambition and enterprise," he said.

According to the document, 'Enterprise Politics' will touch farmers, road-side vendors, self-help group participants, fishermen, small and big businessmen besides home makers and bring prosperity for all.

Citing the prosperity of Japan and Singapore, the MNM President said that was possible due to visionary leaders who rose above petty politics and small interests. According to him, enterprise is the greatest idea ever occurred to mankind, defining the very essence of human society but Tamil Nadu seems to have missed the enterprise revolution bus (with inputs from agencies)

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