During his Independence Day address of 2020, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had hinted at raising the legal age of women to marry. Stating that the government is “constantly concerned about the health of daughters and sisters, the PM had said that to save women from malnutrition, it is necessary that they’re married at the right age.
Now, as per sources and media reports, the Union Cabinet on Wednesday (December 15) passed a proposal to raise the legal age of marriage for women from 18 to 21 years.
The proposal is based on recommendations submitted by a task force set by the Centre to Niti Aayog to examine matters related to the right age of motherhood, imperatives of lowering MMR (Maternal Mortality Rate), improvement of nutritional levels and related issues. Jaya Jaitly is heading the Centre’s task force.
Currently in India, the legal marriage age for women is 18 years while for men it’s 21 years. According to reports, apart from this, the Government is also looking to introduce an amendment to the Prohibition of Child Marriage Act, 2006, and then bring amendments to the Special Marriage Act and personal laws such as the Hindu Marriage Act, 1955.
Jaya Jaitly said empowerment and not population control was the aim. Jaitly told the Indian Express, “I want to make clear that our reasoning behind the recommendation was never one of population control. Recent data released by NFHS 5 (National Family Health Survey) have already shown that the Total Fertility Rate is decreasing and the population is under control. The idea behind it (the recommendation) is the empowerment of women.”
The same report further mentions that the committee has recommended for sex education to be formalized and introduced in the school curriculum. In order to ensure that an increase in marriageable age is properly implemented, women will be trained in polytechnic institutes, skills and business training and livelihood enhancement.
Trai mandates telcos to provide pre-paid mobile recharge plans with 30-day validity
On Thursday, regulators Trai said that telecom operators would have to provide recharge plans with a validity of 30 days for pre-paid customers.
The step is expected to reduce the number of recharges done by a customer during a year.
Currently, telecom operators provide recharge plans with a validity of 28 days, leading to thirteen recharges during the year for customers who look for monthly recharge.
“Every telecom service provider shall offer at least one plan voucher, one special tariff voucher and one combo voucher having a validity of thirty days,” Trai said in a notification.
The notification mandates mobile phone service providers to provide one plan voucher, one special tariff voucher and one combo voucher, which shall be renewable on the same day of every month.
Further, telecom companies have been ordered to comply with the order within 60 days from the day of notification of the rules.
Three terrorists affiliated with LeT, TRF held in J-K’s Ganderbal
Ganderbal Police along with the teams of 24 Rashtriya Rifles and 115 Batallion of CRPF on Friday arrested three terrorists who are allegedly affiliated with proscribed outfits Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), the Resistance Front (TRF), said a statement by the Indian army on Saturday.
Two pistols, three magazines, and two Chinese grenades were recovered from the accused persons, added the statement.
The three were identified as Faisal Manzoor, a resident of Braripora Shopian, Azhar Yaqoob, a resident of Zaipora, Shopian, and Nasir Ahmad Dar, a resident of Begam Kulgam, as per the statement.
“During preliminary questioning, the three revealed their affiliation with proscribed outfit LeT/TRF and indulgence in various terror-related activities in the district,” said the statement.
An FIR had been registered and further investigation is underway.
Former Minister, Pahari Tribe ST Forum delegation call on Lt Governor
Several delegations including former Minister; members of Pahari Tribe ST Forum and Youth leader from Bhaderwah today called on Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha at Raj Bhawan.
Sh. Abdul Ghani Kohli, former Minister met the Lt Governor and projected various welfare issues of Gujjar and Bakerwal communities pertaining to proper arrangements for Gujjar & Bakwerwal population in view of the winter season; tribal funds; Insurance for sheep; spreading awareness among Gujjar and Bakerwal communities regarding welfare policies & schemes, besides other concerns of the general public.
Meanwhile, a three-member delegation of the Pahari Tribe ST Forum led by Adv. Ahsan Mirza and accompanied by Adv. Gurdev Singh Thakur and Sh. Sajjad Mirza submitted a memorandum of demands to the Lt Governor pertaining to ST status for Pahari people, functioning of Pahari Advisory Board and other concerning issues of Pahari youth.
Later, Advocate Mohammad Majid Malik, a youth leader from Bhaderwah also called on the Lt Governor and apprised him about various issues of Bhaderwah including the declaration of Jammu University campus into a full-fledged University; construction of Chattargalla tunnel; the opening of Bhaderwah-Chamba and Bhaderwah-Bani road; Mini Secretariat and several youth-related issues.
While interacting with the delegations, the Lt Governor observed that J&K Government has adopted citizen-centric policies and is steadfastly working on all fronts for the development and welfare of people belonging to every community.
We are committed to making every section of society an equal stakeholder in the development process of the UT, the Lt Governor said.
The Lt Governor assured the members of the delegations that the genuine issues put forth by them would be given due consideration. He impressed upon them to keep projecting the issues of public welfare and development of the region.
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