Over 3,500 couples married in mass wedding: La Tribune India

Lucknow, March 18

Before Holi, it was a riot of color on the outskirts of town where a mass wedding took place on Thursday with more than 3,500 couples getting married.

Described as a “world record” by Uttar Pradesh Minister of Labor Swami Prasad Maurya, the mass wedding was organized as part of several social assistance programs run by Yogi Adityanath’s government for diapers. economically weaker society.

The couples dressed in brightly colored clothes, squatting on rugs placed on the vast grounds, waited for the priests to finish the rituals, marking the beginning of their married life.

Some Muslim women also got married at the venue, which was buzzing with chants of Vedic mantras as well as greetings from Nikah “Qubool Hai” (I accept), even as the scent of dishes prepared in community kitchens at the opportunity floated in the air.

Adityanath, who has completed his four years in office, was on hand to bless the couples at the event hosted by the Uttar Pradesh Building and Other Construction Workers Welfare Board.

Speaking on the occasion, the chief minister asked those present at the rally to maintain social distancing and wear masks to prevent the spread of the coronavirus as new cases were reported.

Listing various social protection programs for workers, he said the government would soon ensure payment of Rs 2 lakh to any worker who dies while in harness.

Maurya said that as part of the mass wedding program, financial assistance is given under different headings.

He said that Rs 55,000 is given for the marriage of the daughter of a registered construction worker, in case of intercast marriage Rs 65,000 is given and for marriage in a mass wedding venue Rs 75,000 are given.

Up to two daughters of construction workers can benefit from this program, Maurya said, adding that the age of the girl must be over 18 and that of the groom over 21 and the registration of the worker must be over 100 days old.

The daughters of registered construction workers in the districts of Lucknow, Hardoi, Sitapur, Rae Bareli, Unnao, Lakhimpur Kheri and Barabanki were married under the marriage program organized in accordance with accepted religious customs and traditions.

For newlywed couples — Radha Kumari and Vinay Kumar Nishad, Kajal Rawat and Chintu Maurya, Manorama and Mohit Kumar, Savita and Chotu, Jehana Begum and Mohd Arif, Safia Khatoon and Mohd Shoun in addition to Mumtaz Jehan and Bilal Khan — l ecstasy knew no bounds when the Chief Minister called them to the stage, blessed them and gave them marriage certificates.

After the wedding ceremony, several new pairs were seen heading to a nearby “selfie point” to capture their first timid steps towards their “happily ever after.” – PTI

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