GUWAHATI: Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal while ceremonially distributing financial assistance to beneficiaries under ‘Arundhati Gold Scheme’ at Srimanta Sankardeva Kalakshetra, here on Thursday said that marriage is an institution full of responsibilities and registration of marriage raises the dignity of this institution besides safeguarding rights of the brides.
The State government provides financial assistance to the tune of Rs 40 thousand to newly married couples who have applied for the scheme. The beneficiaries are required to register their marriages under Special Marriage Act, 1954 before a competent authority apart from fulfilling educational and age-related criterion.
Altogether 1121 couples registered for the scheme out of which 587 were found eligible. The objective of the scheme is to facilitate the parents of the girl child who are economically not very sound, but like all other parents desire to give some gold which is considered auspicious to their daughters as a gift at the time of marriage.
Sonowal said that the State government has been implementing various innovative schemes with an aim to strengthen every section of the society. He said that social development would lead to individual growth and therefore the government is working to make the society free from superstition and all other social evils.
He stressed that the government is putting dedicated efforts to empower the individuals and the newly launched scheme is one of such endeavours. He also urged the society to make joint efforts for securing the rights of women and ensuring their security. He also urged the newlywed couples to register their marriages to uphold the dignity of the institution of marriage.