Hyderabad: Telangana Government has increased the amount given in the marriage of girl child through the Kalyana Lakshmi/ Shaadi Mubarak from Rs. 75,116/- to Rs. 1,00,116/-.
The announcement was made by Chief Minister K. Chandrashekhar Rao through a statement in the State Legislative Assembly on Monday.
“Poverty harasses people in many ways. Sometimes the traditions will also become burdensome for people who are suffering from poverty. In our society marriage is a costly affair. Hence, the marriage of the girl becomes burden.
Due to this burden many parents who consider and respect girl child as their household deity (Mahalakshmi) were being led to psychological situation of considering the girl as burden of responsibility.
When the girl is in the womb itself, parents who visualize about the expenses of getting her married are indulging in infanticide and these kind of inhuman incidents are plenty. Sometimes the girls in the houses of poor are remaining as spinsters without getting married.
Families are getting into debt trap for getting marriage of their girl child and are financially broken,” the Chief Minister said.
The Chief Minister said that the Telangana Government, which considered reflecting humanitarian values in every aspect of administration, endeavoured to uplift the girl child and their parents from this financial distress.
He said although the assurance was not given in the election manifesto, the government implemented the scheme while studying the effects of poverty and the severity of the situation. The scheme was introduced on 2nd October 2014.
KCR said that Kalyana Lakshmi scheme was very close to his heart and it has been praised by the people of the State. “This scheme brought happiness in the lives of girl child.
Initially the scheme was started as “Kalyana Lakshmi” for SCs and STs, “Shaadi Mubarak” for the minority community by giving Rs 51,000/- in marriage of Girl child. Later on, with the requisition from the people, this scheme was extended to all sections of the society,” he said.
With an intention to enhance the benefits of the scheme which was successful, the amount that is given by this scheme was enhanced last year to Rs 75,116/-. Till now 3, 60,000/- people benefitted with this scheme. “Kalyana Lakshmi/Shaadi Mubarak scheme had achieved other societal milestones.
Decision was taken that the minimum age of getting benefit of this scheme is 18 years. For getting benefits of the scheme parents are waiting till their child attains the marriage age of 18 years. Hence, Kalyana Lakshmi/ Shaadi Mubarak scheme is helpful for eliminating child marriages.
The marriages that received benefits of Kalyana Lakshmi will get the legal recognition along with the recognition of the government. This is the other benefit accrued through this scheme,” the Chief Minister said.
KCR expressed confidence that the enhancement of amount to Rs. 1 lakh would be applauded by the girl child, their parents and all well wishers of the society. (INN)