Dr. Ambedkar scheme for social Integration through inter-caste marriage income limit abolished
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 the 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.
Objective: This was meant to “appreciate the socially bold step” and to enable them to “settle down in the initial phase of their married life”. The other pre-conditions were that it should be their first marriage, and it should be registered under the Hindu Marriages Act, with the proposal being submitted within a year of marriage.
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