The Centre will soon take a decision on revising the minimum age of marriage for girls, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Friday.

The decision will be taken after the government receives a report from the committee set up for this.

Due to the several efforts taken by the Centre in the last six years, the girls’ gross enrolment ratio in education has turned higher than that of boys for the first time in the country, the Prime Minister further said.

He also informed that the BJP-led NDA government has constructed 11 crore toilets across the country under the Swachh Bharat Mission.

Moreover, the Prime Minister said, the Centre is also providing sanitary pads at Re 1 to poor women.

The PM said this while addressing a video conference for releasing a commemorative coin of Rs 75 denomination on the 75th anniversary of the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO).

“There is an important deliberation going on to decide what should be the ideal age of marriage for daughters,” he said.

He further informed that he has been receiving letters from women from across the country, asking about the report of the committee and when would the Centre take a decision on it.

“I want to assure them, the government will soon take its decision after the submission of the report,” Modi said.

It may be mentioned here that during his Independence Day speech, Prime Minister Modi had announced that government was deliberating on what should be the minimum age of marriage for women and has set up a committee to look into the same.

Currently, the minimum age of marriage is 18 years for women and 21 for men.

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