Removing the income ceiling of Rs 5 lakh per annum, the Centre has opened its scheme meant to encourage inter-caste marriages to all couples where either the bride or the bridegroom is a Dalit.
The ‘Dr Ambedkar scheme for social Integration through inter caste marriage’ was started in 2013, with a target to provide monetary incentive to at least 500 such inter-caste couples per year. As per rules, such couples whose total annual income does not exceed Rs 5 lakh are eligible to get a one-time incentive of Rs 2.5 lakh from the Centre.
The Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment has now scrapped the ceiling and said there will be “no income limit for an incentive under the scheme”. It is mandatory for the couples to submit Aadhaar numbers and bank account details.
A research cited in the report points out that the percentage of inter-caste marriages in India is just about 11 per cent. It must be noted that the ‘Dr Ambedkar scheme for social Integration through inter-caste marriage’ was initiated in 2013 aiming to provide a fiscal incentive to at least 500 such inter-caste couples every year. The scheme was meant to enable the couple to “settle down in the initial phase of their married life”.