Dr. Ambedkar Scheme for Social Integration through Inter-Caste Marriages (Center Government will provide Rs 2.5 lakh for Every Inter Caste marriage with Dalit)
The Central government and the Empowerment and Social Justice Ministry has announced new regulations for revising the Dr. B.R. Ambedkar scheme to promote the idea of Inter caste marriage for Social integration amongst various caste sections in the society. To make the implementation process easy and to motivate people for inter caste marriage the government has also announced providing the married couple with financial assistance.
With the new implementations the central government aims at eliminating the ideal of endogamy while promoting inter caste marriage within different communities.
The government had introduced the scheme in 2013. In recent time Modi government officially announced its implementation. The Empowerment and social justice ministry will supervise the implementation and working of this scheme. The foundation will look into the process of implementation for beneficiaries nationwide.
Key features of the inter caste marriage scheme
- For better implementation of the new revised scheme the central government will begin with the awareness programs at the block level nationwide.
- One of the main features of the new revised scheme is to help appraise the social status of people belonging to Dalit groups. This new move will also help the couples to get started with their new married life independently.
- The benefit will be offered to the couple in the form of Rs 2.5 lakh assistance only if at least one of the couple belongs to dalit section of the society.
- To get the monetary assistance the central government has made it clear that the beneficiary couple will have to submit their Aadhar card details at the time of claims.
- The couple will also have to provide details of their Joint bank accounts to the respective Ministry for claiming the money.
- Presently the central government has also announced each state with a fixed financial assistance package depending on the number of registered dalits in each state. The state government can request to increase the financial amount only after submitting the new approved list.
- All financial assistance under the scheme to the beneficiaries will be provided directly by the central government.
- The district authority will also be responsible for arranging all financial assistance at the time of marriage. It shall provide with Rs 25,000 for each couple at the time of their marriage.
Incentive distribution under the scheme
- The central government and authorities have already made it clear that the financial assistance will be offered to the beneficiaries in parts.
- Beneficiary will receive a DD from state government authority as 50 percent amount from the total grant.
- After completion of five years, the couple shall also get the remaining 50 percent amount from the grant.
- To get the benefit under the scheme the central government has already mentioned that the couple should be involved in inter caste marriage as only one amongst the couple should belong to Dalit family.
- It is also important that to get married both Boy and girl have to be of the legal age at least 18 years and above, according to law.
- To get the full benefit under the scheme the couple has to file for the claim within one year of their marriage date.
- The beneficiary will only be provided with the benefit under the scheme if and only if the have been married according to the Hindu law.
- ID proof – It is important that to get registered under the scheme both couples will have to submit a copy of their Identification. For verification they can submit any government documents that claim their detailed information like Aadhar card, PAN card, Voters card, ration card, License, etc.
- Proof of residence – Applicants will have to submit a copy of their resident proof including electricity bill water bill or house tax copy that bears their name.
- Caste certificate – Applicants will also have to provide with a copy of their caste attested by the relevant authorities.
- Age proof – They will also have to provide with a copy of their age proof including birth certificate or school leaving certificate.
- Marriage certificate – The couple will have to submit a copy of their marriage certificate along with the proof that this is their first marriage.
- Bank account details – The couple will also have to provide with a copy of their joint bank account that is linked to the Aadhar card details.
- Recommendation letter – To get the full benefit the couple will also have to submit a copy of recommendation letter issued and attested by local MLA or government official of Grade A.
How to Register
- In order to register offline, applicants will have to get the application form. You have to log on to the official website and download the PDF format application form.
- Once the form has been downloaded you can take a printout of the form. You have to fill in all details required on the form. When submitting you have to attach all required documents along with the form.
- After filling in details you will have to submit the form at the department office. You can also post the form directly to SC welfare department at 15 Janpath, New Delhi – PIN – 110001 at Dr. Ambedkar Foundation.
Need for revising the old scheme
- Reduced approvals – After the new revision the central government aims at encouraging the idea of inter caste marriage within different communities for upgrading social integration. Under this new revised scheme the government aims at targeting over five hundred couples annually. As per the previous scheme the rate of approval by the Social justice department was very less with only 5 for 2014-15, 72 for 2015-16, 45 for 2016-17 and 74 for 2017-18.
- Restrictions – One of the main reasons for reduced rate of approval is that most couples don’t fulfill all criteria under regulations. The beneficiary should be registered under Hindu marriage act for making claims.
- Less awareness – Not many people at the block and district level are still aware of the scheme and so are not able to benefit. Only states like Telangana, Maharashtra and Andhra Pradesh are updated with information about the new scheme.
Present Data as per central government
- According to present data collected by central government (NFHS), 11 percent cases have been registered under inter caste marriage annually.
- In some states like Tamil Nadu, Meghalaya, Jammu and Kashmir, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh 95 percent people get married within their own community.
- According to stats, the central government has stated that 80 percent of couples from Kerala, Goa, Punjab and Sikkim get married within their own communities.
With every possible move the central government is ensuring to take all steps to help implement the idea of inter caste marriage to end the tradition of Caste system within the country.
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