Hyderabad, The Deputy Chief Minister (Revenue) Mohd Mahmood Ali today said Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao launched the unique scheme “Shaadi Mubarak” to help poor Muslim families, who could not afford expenses of marriage of their girl children.
Ali released a book on “Shaadi Mubarak” written by senior journalist M.A. Raheem at a program in the Secretariat. Government Advisor Ramana Chary, Secretary of Minorities Welfare department Syed Omer Jaleel were present.
Speaking on the occasion, the Deputy Chief Minister said KCR launched the Shadi Mubarak after conducting a survey in the old city which revealed that over 40,000 girls even after crossing 35 years of age left unmarried due to financial problems of their parents. “This is due to poverty among Muslims families which is perennial. The scheme was introduced on October 2, 2014 with the gift of Rs. 50,000 to the girl parents at the time of marriage which was now increased to Rs. 75,116.
Mahmood Ali expressed his pleasure that the State government was giving a helping hand to such poor Muslims and so far lakhs of families were able to perform marriages of their daughters. Ali cited several incidents of girls’ parents facing financial problem at the time of marriage of their daughters. Moved at the pathetic situation, the Chief Minister launched the marriage scheme for the SC, ST, BC and even to the poor families of forward castes. The entire country was appreciating Telangana for implementing marriage scheme, he added.
The Deputy Chief Minister said in the Old city 70 years old persons used to come to Hyderabadfrom foreign countries (Saudi and Gulf) and used to marry a 17-year-old girl. The helpless parents were forced to accept such proposals. Now this problem has completely gone as the government was giving financial assistance in the form of cheques to the mother of girl before the marriage, he claimed.