The Marriage Grant Scheme launched by Chief Minister Yogi Aditya Nath in the state of Uttar Pradesh is aimed at providing financial grants to assist in the marriages of daughters from economically underprivileged families, particularly those belonging to Other Backward Classes (OBC). This initiative is intended to lessen the financial burden on these families and improve their economic status.
Who is Eligible for the Marriage Grant Scheme?
- The main beneficiaries are the daughters of poor families belonging to other backward classes, excluding minorities in backward classes.
- The annual income of the family in urban areas should not exceed ₹56,460, and in rural areas, it should not exceed ₹46,080.
- The age of the girl and boy at the time of marriage should be 18 years and 21 years or more, respectively.
- Applicants need to enter the serial number of the online caste certificate issued by the Tehsil in their online application form, although widows are exempt from this requirement.
- Marriage grants are available for up to two daughters from a family.
Marriage Grant Scheme Benefits
The scheme provides a monetary aid of INR 20,000 for each eligible marriage. This financial support is aimed at covering various expenses that are spent during the marriage ceremony. Also, the scheme has an exception for struggling women and widows, giving them priority and exempting them from certain documentation requirements, which allows them access to the benefits provided by the scheme.
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How to Apply for the Marriage Grant Scheme?
- Applicants are required to submit their application online. This can be done through Jan Suvidha Kendras, via the District Backward Classes Welfare Officer, or on the official website of the department designated for the Marriage Grant Scheme.
- It’s crucial that the online application be submitted either 90 days before the date of the marriage or within 90 days after the marriage ceremony.
- After submitting the online application, applicants are instructed to keep a hard copy of the application form along with all the self-attested uploaded documents. These documents might be needed in the future, so keep them in a safe place.
- After the submission of the application and all required papers, the relevant authorities will check and verify the information provided. This might include checking the documents’ credibility and confirming that all eligibility conditions are met.
- The assigned verification officer or employee will give a receipt to the applicant. Verification authorities will ensure that this task is completed within a maximum of 21 days from the date of the online application submission.
How to check the beneficiary status?
In certain regions, after the verification process, applicants will be informed about the status of their application. This communication may be done through SMS, email, or the online portal where the application was submitted. For further inquiries, they can contact the concerned District Labour Welfare Office or Regional Mines Labour Welfare Office.
- Aadhar Card,
- Income Certificate (to verify the financial status of the family),
- Caste Certificate (if applicable, to verify eligibility based on caste),
- A certificate or document showing the date fixed for the marriage, such as a marriage invitation card
- In special cases, such as for widows or persons with disabilities (PwD), additional documentary proof is required.
- Documents related to the bank account for the fund to be deposited