The state cabinet on November 19th, 2019 approved the most-awaited ‘Arundhati Swarna’ scheme which seeks to provide 1 tola(10gram approx) gold to brides. The government is planning to spend an amount of Rs. 800 crores per year for this scheme.
Speaking at length about the scheme Assam Finance minister Himanta Biswa Sarma on November 20th, 2019 said that the scheme is aimed to empower women and promote marriage registrations while preventing under-age marriages in the state.
The objective of the scheme is to facilitate the parents of the girl child who are economically not very sound, but it is customary to give some amount of gold to daughters on her marriage.
Here are the highlights:
- The bride and groom should have attained the legal age of 18 years and 21 years respectively at the time of registration of the marriage.
- The marriage of the applicant should be registered under the Special Marriage Act, 1954.
- The applicant should have solemnised her marriage on or after December 1st, 2019.
- The applicant should have registered her marriage on or after January 1st, 2020.
- The applicant girl should apply for the benefit under Arundhati Gold Scheme on the same day that she applies for marriage registration.
- The total income of the parents/applicant girls should be below Rs 5 Lakh per annum.
- The applicant girl can avail of this benefit for her first marriage only.
- Both the bride and the groom must have passed at least HSLC or equivalent in the case of non Tea Tribe/Adivasi communities.
- No minimum educational qualification is required in case of Tea Tribe/Adivasi communities for the next five years, as most of the Tea Gardens in the State of Assam do not have High School facilities.