Thousands of poor women in India’s Tamil Nadu state have been offered free cosmetic breast surgery, including implants, because ‘poor people also have a right to look beautiful,’ its health minister said.

The southern Indian state is known for its populist schemes, which have previously included free canteens and providing thousands of disadvantaged people with goats, laptops and bicycles among other items.

It will now offer cosmetic breast surgery free of charge to all women – for aesthetic or medical reasons – with priority given to those from the poorest sections of society.