No. 672/2021-PUB11th June 2021
Social Justice and Empowerment Minister Sarveen Chaudhary said here today that the State Government has notified "Shagun" scheme for providing Marriage Grant to BPL Girls/Women today.
The Minister said that main objective of the scheme is to provide Rs. 31000 as financial assistance to the parents/ guardians or the girl herself if her parents were not traceable for marriage of their girls who belong to BPL families, above 18 years of age and bonafide resident of Himachal Pradesh. The marriage grant would be given even if the girl from Himachal Pradesh is marrying a boy from outside the state of Himachal Pradesh, she added.
Sarveen Chaudhary said that for getting benefit under the scheme the application should be made in the prescribed form by the parents/guardians the girls herself, in case she is destitute to the concerned Child Development Project Officer/Incharge Nari Sewa Sadan/Superintendent Balika Ashram. The Child Development Project Officer/Incharge Nari Sewa Sadan/Superintendent Balika Ashram will verify the antecedents contained in the application.
The financial assistance under the scheme may be paid two months in advance of the proposed date of marriage. If the marriage has already taken place, the grant shall be disbursed even after the applicant applies for the grant of marriage, within a period of six months. In case the applicant applies after a period of six months from the date of marriage, the application shall not be considered and no benefit shall be provided.
Shagun scheme would be applicable throughout the State from 1st April, 2021.
The District Programme officer would be competent to sanction a marriage grant of Rs. 31000 to bonafide Himachal Pradesh girls/women who are above 18 years for their marriage