Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, Central Govt. The previous “Dr. BR Ambedkar Scheme for Social Integration through Inter-caste Marriage”. Subsequently, the Govt. will provide Rs 2.5 lakh to the couple in which the bride or groom is Dalit. In addition, the Govt. also removes the income limit of Rs. 5 lakh per year. This is a positive step of the Modi government to open the scheme to all and promote inter-caste marriages.
This amendment in the social integration plan will tackle the problem of low response and approval rate. In addition, the Central Govt. Awareness about this scheme is also going to be spread at the block level. Modi government. Free from strict pre-conditions to abolish the caste system and endogamous marriages (marriages within one’s own community).
Intercaste Marriage Scheme 2021 – Rs. 2.5 lakh on Dalit marriage
Important Features and Highlights of this Dalit Marriage Rs. 2.5 lakh plan is as follows:-
- This marriage plan is meant to evaluate the socially bold move and help the couples to settle down in the initial stage of married life.
- The pre-condition for availing this scheme is that it is the first marriage of the couple.
- Also, the marriage is registered under the Hindu Marriage Act and the couple has to submit the proposal within 1 year.
- Now Central Govt. Eliminates the pre-condition that the total income of the newly married couple should not exceed Rs 5 lakh. Accordingly, for now, there is no condition/limit of income limit for availing the benefits of this scheme.
- After this, each couple in which either the bride or groom is a Dalit, will now receive Rs 2.5 lakh.
- They can get this amount after submitting the Aadhar details and their joint bank account (Aadhaar linked) to the concerned ministry.
- In addition, the target for each state has been fixed in proportion to the Scheduled Castes (SCs) living in the states. However, states can exceed their limits when granting approval.
Need for amendment in inter-caste marriage scheme
- low approval rate – central government. It makes amendments to encourage inter-caste marriages as the social integration scheme had poor response with the previous provisions. The scheme targets to provide benefits to around 500 couples per year. However, the number of beneficiaries was 5 in the year 2014-15, only 72 in 2015-16 (out of 522), 45 in 2016-17 (out of 736), 74 (out of 409) in 2017-18.
- strict pre-conditions – This low rate of approval is because the pairs are not meeting all the pre-conditions. For example, only those couples whose marriage is solemnized under the Hindu Marriage Act are eligible.
- lack of awareness There is very little awareness about the scheme at the block or district level. Most of the applications come from very few states like Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra and Telangana.
Central government data on inter-caste marriages
- central government. Does not release data on the basis of caste in the Socio-Economic and Caste Census. Therefore, the availability of accurate data on inter-caste marriages in India is not available.
- According to the National Family Health Survey (NHFS-III) data, the rate of inter-caste marriage in India is 11%.
- Accordingly in some states like Jammu and Kashmir, Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Meghalaya and Tamil Nadu, approx. 95% of the total married couples marry within their own caste(s).
- Also, in other states like Punjab, Sikkim, Goa and Kerala, 80% of couples marry within their own caste.
central government. The scheme is making every effort to revive and end the traditional way of marriage based on castes (caste) and sub-castes (sub-caste).
central government. The above mentioned amendments have been made in the previous scheme which a candidate can see in the details. Here is the PDF file of Dr. BR Ambedkar Scheme for Social Integration through Inter-caste Marriage which can be viewed using the link – http://www.ambedkarfoundation.nic.in/schemes/ICM.pdf
For more information, visit the official website http://www.ambedkarfoundation.nic.in/schemes.html