NEW DELHI: Honorable Prime Minister Narendra Modi assured the "daughters of the country" today, on Friday that the government will decide the right age for marriage vis-a-vis motherhood as soon as the committee concerned submits its report. "Discussion is underway to determine the right age for our daughters to marry. Daughters have written to me from across the country asking why the committee concerned has not yet given its decision. I assure you that the government will act on it as soon as the report comes," Prime Minister Modi said during an event to release a commemorative coin of the denomination Rs 75 to mark the 75th Anniversary of India's long-standing relation with the Food and Agriculture Organisation. He also talked about his government's moves towards the preservation of women's health and hygiene.
“We are taking adequate steps for the well-being of our daughters. Work is going on through the Jal Jeevan Project to provide every household with water. We provide sanitary pads for Re 1 each, "he said. On September 22, the central government said that a task force was set up to examine the relation between the age of marriage and motherhood. "In order to investigate the relation between the age of marriage and motherhood, a task force was formed with:
(i) Maternal and neonatal / infant / child wellbeing, medical well-being and nutritional status, during pregnancy , birth and thereafter,
(ii) main parameters, such as the rate of infant mortality, the rate of maternal mortality, the total fertility rate, the sex ratio at birth, the sex ratio of children, and
(iii) any other related health and nutrition points in this context,' said Union Minister for Women and Child Development Smriti Irani during the last session of Parliament in a written reply to Rajya Sabha MP Sushil Kumar Gupta.
Gupta questioned if it is a matter of fact that the government is reconsidering the legal age of marriage for women, which is currently 18.