In a bid to encourage inter-caste marriages, the NDA govt has decided to give an incentive of Rs 2.5 lakhs to couples where either the boy or the girl is a Dalit irrespective of their income. However, the money will be provided to them in two instalments so that possibility of a fraud can be reduced. “The condition that the total income of the newly-wedded couple will not exceed Rs. 5 lakh per annum has been deleted… There will be no income limit for an incentive under the scheme,” a letter by Dr Ambedkar Foundation to state governments read.
Under the brand new rule, Rs 1.5 lakh will be deposited in the account of the couple once the request is cleared by the foundation for incentive to “enable them to settle down in the initial phase of their married life”. The remaining amount of Rs 1 lakh will be deposited in the joint bank account of the couple which can only be withdrawn after three years in order to prevent people from indulging in frauds. It is not yet clear as to why the income cap has been done away with. The scheme which was first launched back in the year 2013 had not received a great response despite larger expectations from the govt. In last 3 years, only 116 couple have got the money.
In order to avail the benefits of the scheme, the couple must have a valid marriage as per the law. The marriage should also be registered under the Hindu Marriage Act of 1955. Following this, the couple has to submit an affidavit citing that they are in matrimonial alliance. In case of a second marriage, no incentive will be available. The proposal will be considered valid only if is submitted within a year of the marriage.