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Addressing a public meeting at Mandi town in Himachal Pradesh, the prime minister said: “We have decided that the age of marriage of daughters should also be the same as the age at which sons are allowed to marry."

Written by Sukhbir Siwach | Mandi |
Updated: December 28, 2021 8:13:17 am
Modi inaugurated and laid the foundation stone of hydropower projects, including the Renukaji dam project, worth over Rs 11,000 crore. (PTI)

Batting for raising the minimum age of marriage for women to 21 years, Prime Minister Narendra Modi Monday said that it will give them sufficient time to complete their studies and plan a career.

“We have decided that the age of marriage of daughters should also be the same as the age at which sons are allowed to marry. The marriage age being raised to 21 years for daughters will give them full time to study and they will also be able to make their career,” said Modi.

Addressing a public meeting at Himachal Pradesh’s Mandi town, the Prime Minister said the government was working on granting rights to daughters that are equal to those for sons. “Beta-beti ek saman (sons and daughters are equal),” said Modi.

The Prohibition of Child Marriage (Amendment) Bill 2021, which was introduced by the government in the Lok Sabha and seeks to raise the legal age of marriage for women from 18 to 21 years, has been sent to a Parliamentary Standing Committee for scrutiny following objections of the Opposition.

During his visit, Modi laid the foundation of the Shri Renukaji Dam. The project, worth Rs 6,700 crore, on the Giri river in Sirmaur district, will generate 200 million units of energy in a surface power house with 40 MW installed capacity. The live storage of the dam will be 498 million (49.8 crore) cubic metres, which will fulfil about 40 per cent of the drinking water requirement of Delhi.“A large are will benefit from the project. A large portion of the income generated from this project will be spent on development here,” the Prime Minister said.

In an indirect reference to his political opponents, Modi blamed them for a three-decade long delay in the Renukaji Dam project, which has now taken shape following cooperation by six states – Himachal Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, Rajasthan, Uttarakhand and Delhi. The Centre claims it brought together these states to make the project possible.

Including the Renuka-ji Dam, Modi inaugurated and laid the foundation stone of hydropower projects worth over Rs 11,000 crore. The PM said: “In 2016, India had set a target to meet 40 per cent of its installed electricity capacity from non-fossil energy sources by 2030. Today, every Indian will be proud that India has achieved this goal in November this year itself. The whole world is praising India, for how our country is accelerating development while saving the environment.”

The projects dedicated by Modi to the public include the 111-MW Sawra-Kuddu hydro-electric project with an outlay of Rs 2,081.6 crore on the Pabbar river in Shimla district. The project will generate 386 million (38.6 crore) units of electricity per annum, which will help the state earn an annual revenue of about Rs 120 crore, an official spokesperson said. Modi laid the foundation stone of the 66-MW Dhaulasidh hydro-electric project, which will be constructed at an expenditure of Rs 688 crore. The project is located on the Beas river in Hamirpur and Kangra districts.

He laid the foundation stone of the first phase of the 210-MW Luhri hydro-electric project — a joint venture of the Centre and the state that will be completed at an expenditure of Rs 1,811 crore. The project is located on the Sutlej river in Shimla and Kullu districts.

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