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Helping poor lead a happy married life

Since the formation of the new State, many schemes have been launched by the State government, but Kalyana Lakshmi and Shaadi Mubarak are two schemes that stand out. Aimed at reducing financial distress faced by poor Hindu and minorities families at the time of marriage of daughters, the schemes have already proved to be a major success.

The State government’s importance given to the scheme is evident from the fact that it has spent a whopping Rs 280.58 crore on it so far. The success of the scheme is also reflected in the fact that it has attracted 1,49,486 applicants as on December 6 this year. This scheme, officials say, does away with the fear of being poor and having a girl of marriageable age in the family.

Under these schemes, a soon-to-be bride will get Rs 75,116, which itself is a hike from the earlier amount of Rs 50,000. The Government Order for the hike in assistance was issued on April 1, this year. “The schemes were taken up with the intention to alleviate financial distress in poor families. The State government introduced the Kalyana Lakshmi and Shaadi Mubarak Scheme, on October 2, 2014,” Principal Secretary, BC Welfare, G Ashok Kumar told Telangana Today.

In order to remove hardships and lapses in the process of field verification, submission of bills to the Treasury Department and finally transferring the money to the bride’s account, the State government has issued directives to implement the scheme with assistance from the mandal level officers. “These officials will be responsible for the disbursement of the amount to the beneficiaries directly,” Ashok Kumar said.

The State government’s move towards the independence of women, under the Kalyana Lakshmi and Shaadi Mubarak, is surely good news, but the government officials who deal with the disbursement of the Rs 75,116 financial assistance go through a tedious process. “We need to check and re-check our disbursement scheme as we do not want to deposit money into the wrong account,” says Principal Secretary (Backward Classes Welfare), G Ashok Kumar.

The procedure for the implementation of the scheme entails a Revenue Divisional Officer responsible for the verification of the authenticity of the claim of the beneficiaries. After the perusal of the applicants list, it is sent to the respective legislator for approval. “Once the list is approved by the MLA of the constituency, the same would be scanned and uploaded on the online system. Then the approved list would be sent to the district officers concerned and crossed cheques would be disbursed by the MLA,” he added. The crossed cheques would be issued in the name of the bride’s mother and if the bride is an orphan, then the cheque is given in the name of the bride. However, the Aadhaar card of the bride and bridegroom have been made mandatory to prevent any misuse of the scheme.

The move has impressed one and all from across the country and even the Union Ministry of Minority Affairs has decided to introduce a similar scheme to offer financial assistance of Rs 51,000 towards the marriage of girls. Union Minister for Minority Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said: “The scheme will be offered to those who avail the Ministry’s scholarship for education. We decided in a meeting that on the lines of ‘Shaadi Mubarak’ in Telangana, girls who finish graduation by availing scholarship will be given Rs 51,000 as Shaadi Shagun.”

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