Srinagar: The Administrative Council (AC) which met in Jammu under the chairmanship of the Lieutenant Governor of JK, Manoj Sinha, restructured the State Marriage Assistance Scheme to provide benefits to all AAY and PHH families.
Farooq Khan and Rajeev Rai Bhatnagar, Advisors to the Lieutenant Governor, Dr Arun Kumar Mehta, Chief Secretary, JK and Nitishwar Kumar, Principal Secretary to the Lieutenant Governor attended the meeting.
As per the restructured scheme, any women of legally marriageable age belonging to the families of Antyodaya Anna Yojana (AAY) or Priority Household (PHH) ration card holders, will be eligible for one-time financial assistance of Rs 50,000. The assistance will be given before her marriage, for which she will be required to apply at least one month in advance to the concerned District Social Welfare Officer.
The scheme requires the concerned District Social Welfare Officer to verify the details of the beneficiary regarding marital status, age and non-availing of benefits under other schemes like Ladli Beti, besides ensuring disbursement of the financial assistance before the date of marriage through the Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT).
To further promote female child education in the targeted population, the additional eligibility of completing elementary education by the beneficiary before her marriage has been included. However, to provide a smooth transition in this regard, a grace period of three years, i.e, up to 31,03,2025 is being provided.
Earlier, the benefits under the scheme were limited only to the women of marriageable age who figured in the poor women survey, especially conducted for this purpose by the Social Welfare Department.