Minister of State for Home Mullappally Ramachandran has said that at a time when marriages are turning into occasions for flaunting one’s wealth, the mass marriage programme organised by the Thalassery Social Service Society (TSSS) is a welcome move.

He was inaugurating a meeting of ‘Save A Family Plan’ (SAFP) organised by the TSSS at Amani auditorium here on Saturday.

Mr. Ramachandran said though child marriage had been banned by law and ‘Sati’ prohibited, the dowry system, though forbidden by law, could not be checked completely. It was only through these programmes that the public could be sensitised against such social evils, he said.

As many as 30 couples entered into wedlock on the sixth such programme organised by the TSSS. A cheque of Rs.50,000 was presented to each couple at the programme.

Minister for Agriculture K.P. Mohanan was the chief guest of the function which was presided over by Thalassery Archbishop Mar George Valiyamattam.

District panchayat president K.A Sarala and municipal chairperson M.C. Sreeja spoke on the occasion.