Jammu and Kashmir Government Tuesday presented figures regarding the State Marriage Assistance Scheme.
In total, state tackled 612 cases and spent more than Rs 2 Crore, the information was shared by government in JK Legislature on May 31, 2016 in a written reply.
Of these most of the marriages for poor brides, 129 have been solemnized in South Kashmir’s Islamabad with an expenditure of Rs 48, 37,500.
Besides, 86 cases, Rs 33,97,000, from Udhampur; 82 cases, Rs 31,57,000 from Jammu; 76 cases, Rs 29,26,000 from Ramban and 56 cases, Rs 22,26,350 from Srinagar have been spent under SMAS.
The scheme was proposed by late Mufti Mohammad Sayeed, after a joint consent of cabinet in December 2015. Pertinently, the scheme was framed in 2013-14 vide order no. 02- SW of 2014 dated 02-01-2014.
The scheme was implemented to provide financial assistance for the marriage of poor girls who are not in a position to marry due to financial constraints. The unmarried girls, above 18 years, belonging to BPL family receive a cash assistance of more than Rs 30,000 and cost of few grams of gold at the time of their marriage.
The scheme is implemented by the department of social welfare.