Union Drinking Water and Sanitation Minister, Uma Bharti on Thursday urged the parents of girls to spend their resources on their daughters’ education instead of on dowry.

She said that this would further boost the ambitious Beti Bachao-Beti Padhao programme launched by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Bharti was speaking at the Global Gita Chanting Programme organised as a part of International Gita Mahotsav in Kurukshetra.

Haryana Chief MinisterManohar Lal, who was presiding over the programme, said that the shalokas recited by 18,016 students during the Global Gita Chanting Programme would show a new path to the entire world.

He said that 18 shalokas from 18 chapters of the Srimad Bhagavad Gita were recited simultaneously in 40 countries during the programme. Apart from this, 108 Brahmins also recited the ‘Gita Path’ at Jyotisar.

The Chief Minister said that 25 lakh people have so far visited the International Gita Mahotsav.