The Centre government, promote inter-caste marriage and uplift the social value of Dalits, by the offering 2.5 lakh to getting married to Dalits. This scheme was started in 2013 but limited only to couples who had an annual income of Rs 5 lakh or lower while now be applicable to all couples. This scheme is named as ‘Dr. Ambedkar Scheme for Social Integration’ and now will be linked to the Aadhaar numbers and bank account details of the married couple. This scheme will be applicable for all couples, either the bride or the groom is a Dalit. The other condition for the scheme is that, the marriage of the couple should be their first marriage. The marriage of the couple with a dalit partner should be registered under the Hindu Marriages Act and the proposal is submitted within a year of marriage is necessary.
The Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment praised the step and said it was meant to “appreciate the socially bold step”. Ministry also said that this amount enables the couple to “settle down in the initial phase of their married life.”
The ministry official also said that Many states that have similar schemes do not have an income limit, so the Centre too decided it to remove the income limit and provide them the same amount if they married with Dalit Partner.