MP chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan on Wednesday announced that the assistance under the Disabled Persons Marriage Scheme had been increased from Rs 25,000 to Rs 50,000.
Chouhan made the announcement during his visit at a mass marriage function in Hoshangabad near Bhopal where 51 physically challenged couples tied the knot.
Praising the initiative of district administration, Chouhan said such events would be organised at every district of the state. He also promised to provide every possible assistance for employment to the physically challenged couples who got married at the function.
He said apart from self-employment, the couples would be provided 6% reservation in government jobs. Chouhan said director of Narmada Apna Hospital Dr Rajesh Sharma had announced to provide jobs to five physically challenged people who got married.
PWD minister Sartaj Singh said the function might be the first of its kind in the country. “MP is proud that the chief minister is always ready to extend assistance to the poor and girls,” he said.
Vidhan Sabha speaker Sitasaran Sharma said mass marriage function for physically challenged people under Mukhyamantri Kanyadan Yojana had been held on a grand scale on Wednesday.
Chouhan handed over a cheque of Rs 2 lakh as an incentive to the only inter-caste couple who got married at the same function. He also performed the ritual of Kanyadan.
Under such scheme, both brides and bridegrooms were separately given Rs 50,000. Under Mukhyamantri Kanyadan Yojana, Rs 10,000 fixed deposit receipts in the names of brides and bridegrooms, Rs 2 lakh to inter-caste couple, disability certificates and marriage registration certificates were also given.
A physically challenged Muslim couple also got married at the function. Shahr Qazi Ashfaq Ali solemnised the marriage of Nisar Khan and Hina Khan.
(With inputs from PTI)