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Gujarat Chief Minister blesses 251 couples at multi-caste mass marriage near Surat

Mass marriage gains social acceptance among affluent as well as tribal families, needs scientific management: Narendra Modi

Ahmedabad, Thursday: Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi today expressed satisfaction at greater acceptance of the concept of mass marriage among affluent as well as in tribal families. However, he said, there is need for scientific management of such events. He blessed 251 couple on the occasion.

Participating in a multi-caste mass marriage ceremony organized by Sahara Manav Kalyan Trust Vadi at Jhankhvav in Surat district, he said the government has doubled the incentive to brides from Rs.5,000 to Rs.10,000 to encourage mass marriages. It takes care of eradicating social evils as well as vulgar display of wealth with families concerned entering into deep debt traps.

The Chief Minister was particularly happy at the emancipation of tribal people living in forested areas, their newfound urge for higher studies and joining the mainstream.

He said the government has started higher secondary schools in science stream in tribal areas. In the past, there used to be quota for Scheduled Tribe students in medical and engineering colleges, but there used to be no schools to prepare them for higher studies. The state government has sent 80 tribal youths for higher education abroad.

Mr. Modi said the government has allocated Rs.40,000-crore for Van Bandhu Yojna to be spent during the next five years for the welfare of people living in forest areas. The state government trains tribal youths for the Army.

Speaking on the occasion, Acharya Avichaldasji Maharaj of Sarsa made a fervent appeal to the society to stop thinking daughters as a burden and check female feticide.

Speaker of Gujarat Legislative Assembly Ganpat Vasava said the tribal culture is the root of India's heritage and he exuded confidence that tribal people in Gujarat would prosper under the leadership of Chief Minister Modi.

MP Bhratsinh Parmar said that stressed on the need to make education compulsory among tribal. He hailed the blessings of sants and mahants to the newlyweds. Over Rs.12-lakh collected on the occasion was donated to Chief Minister's Kanya Kelavni Nidhi.

Prominent among those present on the occasion included Trust founder Amarsinh Vasava, Parliamentary Secretary Harshad Vasava, Kishore Vankawala, Bharti Rathod, MLAs, Surat District Panchayat President Ashwin Patel, Ajay Choksi, families of the newlyweds, chairmen of State Corporations, ex-MPS, community leaders and District Collector A. J. Shah.

 
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