The state government of Punjab has started a new scheme under which government will arrange the marriages of couples belonging to the Scheduled Caste as well as the Inter-Caste. The government will provide financial assistance of Rs. 75,000 to each such couple.
This scheme will be implemented by the Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes and Minority Welfare Department. This department will cooperate with the NGOs, Trusts and other social welfare institutions to implement the scheme. These institutions will get the scheme benefits for arranging 10 or more marriages of Scheduled Caste and Inter Caste couples.
The concerned authority will provide financial assistance to the tune of Rs. 75000 per couple on their marriage. This scheme will provide financial assistance for the marriage of the couples whose family doesn’t have enough money for that.
Scheduled Caste & Inter – Caste Marriages
The state government will provide Rs. 75000 on the marriage of the couples belonging to Scheduled Caste as well as Inter-Caste. Out of this amount, Rs. 60000 will be provided for purchasing household items such as utensils, furniture and gold while Rs. 15,000 per couple to the organizer / concerned organization as the consolation prize.
According to the scheme, if both the bride and groom belong to the Scheduled Caste category then one of them must be Below Poverty Line (BPL) category to avail the scheme benefits.
Moreover, If the bridegroom belongs to non – Scheduled Caste then the bride must belong to BPL Scheduled Caste category. Also, if the bride is from non-Scheduled Caste background then the bridegroom must belong to the BPL Scheduled Caste category to avail the scheme benefits.