Assistance under sumangala yojana to be hike to to Rs 25K from April: Yogi

Gorakhpur, Feb 14 (UNI) Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Wednesday said that the grant under Mukhyamantri Kanya Sumangala Yojana will be increased from Rs 15,000 to Rs 25,000 per beneficiary annually from April.

Addressing the Mukhyamantri Samuhik Vivah Samaroh organised on the fertilizer factory premises on the auspicious occasion of Basant Panchami, the CM said that as per the vision of Prime Minister Narendra Modi the double-engine government is working diligently for the safety, respect and dignity of women.

He said, “In 2014, PM Modi launched the ‘Beti Bachao-Beti Padhao’ campaign to ensure the safety, respect and self-reliance of women. Only when daughters are protected and educated only then can they contribute to the country and society.”

Yogi emphasised that a daughter contributes to the advancement of the entire family stating that several schemes are being implemented at the central and state levels today to save and empower daughters.

On this occasion, he also inaugurated 91 development projects costing Rs 252 crore. He mentioned that after becoming the CM for the first time in 2017, he launched the Kanya Sumangala Yojana, which facilitates education of a girl child right from her birth till graduation.

The CM said that the government has provided Rs. 15,000 to more than 17 lakh daughters annually through this scheme so far. “This amount will be increased to Rs. 25,000 from April,” he said.

He said that under the Mukhyamnatri Samuhik Vivah Yojana the state government has conducted three lakh marriages since 2017 spending Rs. 51,000 per couple, out of which Rs. 35,000 are sent to the bride’s account. “It’s heartening to see that children from both poor and affluent families are participating in the ‘Samuhik Vivah Samaroh,” he said.

Yogi said, “Marriage, as a timeless tradition, serves as the cornerstone of responsible households, nurturing and perpetuating ancestral legacies through generations. It intricately intertwines with the very fabric of the universe, symbolising the cyclical nature of life itself.”

Acknowledging the prevalence of distortions in this sacred institution over time, he highlighted the grave injustices perpetrated against women, including abhorrent practices such as child marriages, dowry, divorces and female foeticide. These practices, he lamented, not only undermine the dignity of women but also contravene the principles of humanity and respect.

The CM urged people to pledge to not participate in child marriages, not to give or take dowry, and to put an end to practices like divorce forever.

Affirming the government’s unwavering commitment to women’s welfare, he underscored the pivotal role played by women self-help groups in promoting safety, dignity and self-reliance among women. He lauded the proactive measures taken to empower women, including the allocation of houses under the PM Awas Yojana and the conferment of land ownership rights through the PM Swamitva Yojana, with a significant focus on enhancing women’s participation and ownership.

In a symbolic gesture of support and encouragement, Yogi presented certificates and gift-shagun kits to ten newlyweds, symbolising the government’s commitment to fostering love, unity and social cohesion within the community. As the ceremony unfolded, imbued with the spirit of celebration and camaraderie, the CM reaffirmed his unwavering resolve to usher in an era of progress, development and prosperity for all citizens of UP.

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