A scheme that was already offering Rs 2.5 lakh to couples who have done intercaste marriage where one of the spouses is a Dalit has now been modified
To promote the inter-caste marriage and the social upliftment of Dalit, the central government has come up with a scheme, where one of the spouses is a Dalit can now get a government incentive of Rs. 2.5 Lakh after their marriage.
Previously the “Dr. Ambedkar Scheme for Social Integration”, was started in 2013, and was only meant for couples who have income below Rs 5 lakh per annum. Now the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment has removed the ceiling, while simultaneously making it mandatory for them to submit Aadhaar numbers and bank account details.
“Many states that have similar schemes do not have an income limit, so the Centre also decided to remove it,” a ministry official was quoted in the report.
The scheme is based on the BR Ambedkar’s idea to remove endogamy in order for caste to be abolished and promote fusion through inter-caste marriage.
Conditions to be eligible for the incentive, it is mandatory for the couple to be registered under the Hindu Marriage Act. And another added condition is that the proposal needs to be approved by the MP, MLA or District Collector.