Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel on Saturday attended Mukhyamantri Kanya Vivaah Samaroh (mass marriage programme) organized at Balbir Singh Juneja Indoor Stadium in Raipur. 3229 couples tied nuptial knots in the mass marriage programme as Baghel extended blessings to all the newly-weds. For the first time in Chhattisgarh, mass wedding ceremonies were organized simultaneously in 22 districts.
In the ceremony held at Raipur, 233 couples got married, including three Christians and a Muslim couple, who were married as per their religious customs. At the ceremony, Chief Minister symbolically gave away gifts and cheques of financial aid Rs one thousand to five newly-wed couples. On this occasion, many couples captured this memorable moment by taking a selfie with the Chief Minister.
Kamlesh Chopra of Raipur provided utensils to brides and bridegrooms in mass marriages, and honoured Ankit Gandhi with a memento for providing hand watches and for public cooperation. This mass marriage of three thousand 229 couples organised by Women and Child Development Department in 22 districts has been recorded in the Golden Book of World Records. It was announced by Sonal Rajesh Sharma on behalf of the Golden Book of World Records.
Member of Rajya Sabha Chhaya Verma, Women and Child Development Minister Anila Bhedia, Member Secretary Rashmi Ashish Singh, Chairman of Chhattisgarh State Commission for Women Dr Kiranmayi Nayak, MLA Dharsinwa Anita Yogendra Sharma, MLA and Chhattisgarh Housing Board Chairman Kuldeep Juneja, Mayor Ejaz Dhebar, President of Chhattisgarh Mineral Development Corporation Girish Dewangan and State Civil Supplies Corporation President Ram Gopal Agrawal were present. Rajya Sabha MP Phoolodevi Netam and MLA Mohan Markam were also present at the function in Kondagaon.
While blessing the newly married couples, Chief Minister Baghel said that on the auspicious occasion of Maghi Punni, the bride and groom tied the nuptial knots. It is our privilege to have the opportunity to become both ‘Barati’ and ‘Gharati’ simultaneously. There is no greater virtue than ‘Kanyadaan’, and it has way more significane when done on the day of Maghi Punni. Mr. Baghel said that people are fed up with the wasteful expenditure in weddings. There is also a lot of wastage of means over time. By joining in the mass marriage, the bride and groom along with parents have taken a new step, and I congratulate them for their noble step. Now, along with the state government, mass marriages are being organized in many societies, which is a commendable step. Chief Minister said that under Mukhyamantri Kanya Vivaah Yojana, there was a provision of Rs 15000 earlier, which has been increased to Rs 25000. Now a large number of tribal people along with people of various castes, religions are joining in mass marriages.
Addressing the program, Women and Child Development Minister Bhedia said that despite his busy schedule, Chief Minister Baghel has come to bless all the newly married bride and groom. The event could not be held last year due to Corona. A large number of family members have attended this program today to bless the newlyweds. Under this scheme, state government increased the amount of provisioned financial aid from Rs 10000 to Rs 25000, similarly, the incentive for marriage for Divyang couples has also been increased from Rs 50000 to Rs 1 lakh. She also wished the newly married couples a happy new life.
Secretary of Women and Child Development, Shahla Nigar informed that under Mukhyamantri Kanya Vivaah Yojana, target to conduct 7600 marriages this year has been set. In this ceremony, a girl from Nari Niketan Raipur got married and joined the mainstream of the society. In view of COVID-19 transition, 22 districts connected via virtual mode. On this occasion, Director of Women and Child Development, Mrs. Divya Umesh Mishra, Raipur Collector S Bharathi Dasan, Departmental officer-employees and relatives of bride and groom were also present.