Bhopal: The state government has decided to restrict the old pension to the parents who have only daughters. The state government in the budget session had allocated Rs 3 crore for providing old age pension to the couples who have daughter/daughters in a bid to promote Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan's ambitious 'Save Girl Child 'campaign. "The old age pension will be given to the couples who have only daughters" said Chouhan at a mass marriage function under Mukhyamantri Kanyadan Yojna at Nasrullahganj in Sehore district.
The Chief Minister had also blessed all 461 couples whose marriages were solemnised. Underlining importance of daughters, he urged people to cooperate in Beti Bachao Abhiyan. The state government, according to him had launched several schemes benefiting girls' right from their birth, education and marriage.
Meanwhile, he also promised to protect the interests of the farmers in the state until his last breath. "I will safeguard farmers' interests and not allow their lives to be ruined" he said adding "entire yield of wheat will be procured from farmers". Chouhan said that despite payment of Rs. 565 crore for supply of 3. 19 lakh bales of gunny bags, the Union Government had supplied only 1.73 lakh. He also vowed to carry out his April 30 dharna before the Parliament on April 30 incase the Centre government failed to release the remaining jute bags. Speaking further, he informed that the State Government had also sought permission from the Union Government for reusing once used gunny bags of public distribution system.