While India celebrates Raksha Bandhan with fervor, Muslim girls will be thanking the Modi government for a gift that would help them have better lives.
According to reports, the Modi government has announced an amount of Rs.51,000 as shaadi shagun (marriage gift) for every Muslim girl who completes graduation.
The step has been taken to ensure that Muslim girls in the country attain higher education before marriage.
According to Maulana Azad Education Foundation (MAEF), which will be the overseeing body under the Ministry of Minority Affairs, the move will also encourage the parents to send their daughters to colleges and universities for better education.
The reports say that this is one of the major decisions taken during a meeting of the MAEF chaired by Minority Affairs Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi.
Among the decisions taken to help Muslim girls receive higher education is the announcement of Rs.10 thousand scholarship for those in standard 9 and 10. Till now, the ministry was providing scholarships of Rs.12,000 to Muslim girls in standard 11 and 12.
Only those who have been granted the scholarship at school level are eligible for the shaadi shagun gift.
Speaking to reporters, MAEF treasurer Shakir Hussain Ansari said that the government’s step is significant because a large number of girls from the Muslim community still do not receive higher education because of a lack of funds.
“We aim to encourage the girls and their parents to let girls complete their education at least upto the graduation level,” he said.
While praising the decision of granting a gift of Rs.51,000, Ansari added that though the amount is not enough, it is expected that it will at least encourage those who wish to pursue higher education.
He informed the media that details of the decision and the scholarships will be made available on a website which is being created.
Ansari also praised the Prime Minister’s vision and said that PM Modi has indeed taken a major step in the direction of ‘Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas’.