New Delhi: PM Narendra Modi said on Friday that the government will soon take a decision on revising the minimum age of marriage for girls on receiving report from the committee set up for this.
The girls’ enrolment ratio in education is higher than that of boys for the first time in the country because of several efforts taken by the government in the last 6 years, said Modi
PM Modi addressed a video conference after releasing a commemorative coin of Rs 75 denomination on the 75th anniversary of the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO).
“There is an important deliberation going on to decide what should be the ideal age of marriage for daughters”, said PM.
Modi said he receives letters from women across India, asking when the government will make a decision on ideal age for girls to marry.
“I want to assure them, the government will soon take its decision after the submission of the report,” he said.
The minimum age of marriage is 18 years for women and 21 for men, currently.
Modi also pointed out the efforts taken by government in the last six years to fight malnutrition.
Highlighting other achievements, he said the government built 11 crore toilets across the nation under the Swachh Bharat Mission and has launched Jal Jeevan Mission to provide drinking water. It is also providing sanitary pads at Re 1 to women.
“Because of these efforts, for the first time, the gross enrolment ratio of girls in education is more than that of boys”, said Modi.