Kolkata: The Trinamool Congress Government had started the Kanyashree Scheme in Bengal, another brainchild of Mamata Banerjee, in 2011 to enable girls to complete their education. This was later extended to the university level.
The distribution of forms for Bengal Government’s Ruposhree Scheme started. This is an idea conceived by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and was announced by the Finance Minister, Dr Amit Mitra, during the presentation of the State Budget.
Under the scheme, families whose annual income is Rs 1.5 lakh or less would receive financial assistance of Rs 25,000 from the State Government for the wedding of their daughters. Close to six lakh poor families will benefit from the scheme.
The scheme has been a huge success and has been awarded by as high an international organisation as the United Nations. Now, the Government has decided to help facilitate the marriage of poor girls too. Rs 1,500 crore has been allocated for the project.
Given below are the important details for availing the scheme:
Residents of Bengal
Annual income of bride’s family has to be Rs 1.5 lakh or less
The minimum age of the bride has to be 18 years, and of the groom, 21 years
Beneficiaries of Kanyashree can apply for Rupashree too
Availability of form
The form for the Ruposhree Scheme would be available at the offices of block development officers (BDO), sub-divisional magistrates (SDM) and commissioners of municipal corporations.According to government sources, later on, forms would be available online too.
Documents to be submitted along with the form
Photocopy of birth certificate
Details of the groom
Wedding card or any other proof of the wedding to be held
A signed undertaking saying that the bride is marrying of her own will
Electoral Photo Identity Card (EPIC), that is, Voter’s Card
Details of the bride’s bank account
How to obtain the grant
After all the documents along with the form are submitted, State Government officials will scrutinise them. If everything is found in order, Rs 25,000 would be deposited in the account of the bride.