JK’s Marriage Assistance Scheme beams hope among prospective brides from poor families

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Since inception over 36K beneficiaries obtain Rs 144 cr underneath Marriage Assistance Scheme

JAMMU, APRIL 26:   For Shabnum (identify modified), like a whole bunch of poor ladies, the Jammu and Kashmir authorities’s State Marriage Assistance Scheme (SMAS) has come as a saviour, offering monumental reduction throughout marriage preparations.

Shabnum, 25, from a distant hamlet of southern Shopian district of Kashmir valley was married in 2019 after her mother and father organized an excellent match for his or her daughter in a close-by village.

“To find a suitable match always remains a tough task but more cumbersome is expenditure a marriage incurs. Marriage assistance scheme helped us in a big way. We felt relieved after my sister was married in 2019 with the amount (Rs 40,000) provided by the government,” the brother of Shabnum mentioned.

SMAS for poor ladies is a Social Assistance Scheme meant for these un-married recognized ladies of the UT dwelling under the poverty line who might not discover themselves able to marry on account of monetary constraint.

Widening its endeavor to succeed in out to the poor part of society to take the advantages, the federal government underneath this scheme is lending a serving to hand to the poor families who couldn’t afford to marry their daughters.

In this regard, through the 2020-21 monetary yr, the J&Ok Government underneath the scheme which is being run by the Social Welfare Department (SWD) has sanctioned 8254 circumstances and offered an help of Rs 32.78 crore.

For the yr 20-21, in Kashmir division the division has sanctioned 4940 circumstances, releasing marriage assist of Rs 19.58 crore.

The highest variety of marriage help circumstances was sanctioned for Kulgam district of Kashmir division with disbursement of Rs 4.20 crore. Similarly, in Baramulla district the division has sanctioned 947 circumstances with an quantity of Rs 3.78 crore adopted by Pulwama district the place 615 circumstances had been sanctioned and a pair of.40 crore was launched as marriage assist to the BPL families.

The Social help scheme is proving a terrific succor for single ladies of the J&Ok UT dwelling under the poverty line, who might not discover themselves able to marry on account of monetary constraints.

Under this scheme an single lady above 18 years of age belonging to BPL household will obtain Rs 25,000 money help and value of 5 grams of gold on the time of her marriage.

The norms for availing profit underneath the scheme are that the prospective beneficiary lady needs to be above 18 years of age, needs to be an recognized poor lady within the survey listing accessible with the involved DDCs and DSWOs.

The Social Welfare Department is the nodal division for implementation of the scheme.

Likewise, in Jammu division of the Union Territory, the SWD has accepted 3314 circumstances through the yr 2020-21 and launched an quantity of Rs 13.20 crore.

And throughout the identical yr, probably the most variety of marriage help circumstances had been accepted in Poonch district of the division with 597 and an quantity of Rs 2.39 crore was launched in favour of the ladies adopted by Udhampur the place an quantity of Rs 2.32 crore has been launched in favour of brides among under poverty line families.

Rajni’s (identify modified) mother and father, who hail from a village from district Kathua’s Billawar space, had extra worries than to cherish as their daughter’s marriage date was drawing shut again in 2020 with little assets for marriage preparations.

“Being a manual laborer as I earn hand-to-mouth, we were worried how we could arrange marriage stuff for our daughter,” Rajni’s father mentioned and added {that a} relative knowledgeable him in regards to the authorities’s marriage help scheme the place the household may get monetary assist for his or her daughter’s marriage.

“Such schemes for distressed and poor families  mean a world for people like us,” he mentioned. Subsequently the household obtained Rs 40,000 from the Social Welfare Department after few formalities and the wedding was organized in a clean method.

So far 36,378 individuals have been benefited underneath the scheme since its inception with the cumulative monetary help to Rs 144.30 crore offered to the beneficiaries.

Also, Advisor to Lieutenant Governor, Farooq Khan, who can also be the incharge of Social Welfare Department, has termed the Scheme as a giant boon for poor ladies, and added the scheme has tremendously benefited the disadvantaged part of the society.

He reiterated that the current authorities is dedicated to assist individuals like outdated age, handicapped, widows and poor families to provide them a hope that they may stay their life in a greater manner and independently.

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