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  • Assam Govt. Arundhati Gold Scheme : Brides in Assam to Get 10gm Gold at the Time of Marriage Registration

    Published on November 21, 2019

    By Bhupen Goswami

    Guwahati :Assam Govt. Arundhati Gold Scheme , From January 2020, Brides in Assam to Get 10gm Gold at the Time of Marriage Registration. The State exchequer will bear an estimated outlay of Rs 800 crore for the year 2020 under the Arundhati Gold Scheme, which was approved by the State Cabinet on Tuesday. The scheme will come into effect from January 1, 2020. As per the scheme, every newly-wed woman would be given Rs 30,000 to buy gold once she registers her marriage under the Special Marriage Act, 1954, provided the cumulative annual income of her and her parents does not exceed Rs 5 lakh. This was informed by Finance Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma while talking to media persons here today. He also stated that the scheme would be applicable for the first marriage only. “The idea behind the scheme is to give boost to women empowerment initiative and encourage girls to get their marriages registered, which can shield them from various risk factors,” he said, adding, the minimum educational qualification for the couple will be matriculation. However, the minister said that there will be exemption in the educational qualification criteria for the tea tribes and Adivasi people, as access to high school education is still a problem for them. Replying to a query, Sarma said the government may consider hiking the amount from Rs 30,000 in the future keeping in view the dynamic price index. Although, nearly three lakh marriages are solemnised every year in the State, the number of registration stands at 60,000 on an average, which comprises mostly of the affluent section of the society or those who opt for inter-case marriage. Sarma said the minimum age of the bride and groom to be 18 and 21 years, respectively to avail the scheme. The scheme can be availed by formal registration of the marriages under the Special Marriage (Assam) Rules, 1954 and will reach the beneficiaries at the time of marriage.