The benefit will not be limited only to Muslims, says Siddaramaiah

The State government is planning to extend the Shaadi Bhagya scheme for women from all economically weaker sections of society after its earlier decision to restrict the benefits to Muslim brides attracted widespread criticism from the Opposition.

The government had announced Rs. 50,000 to poor girls belonging to the Muslim community at the time of their marriage.

Chief Minister Siddaramaiah on Tuesday said that the government was considering extending the scheme to all sections living below the poverty line.

“The scheme will not be limited only to Muslims; the government is planning to extend it to all sections of society living below the poverty line,” Mr. Siddaramaiah told presspersonshere.

Muslims too opposed it

A section of Muslim leaders within the Congress has also opposed the scheme on the grounds that it was not in consonance with the tenets of Islam and that it would unnecessarily draw “negative attention”.

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