Bhopal: In perhaps a first in the country, the Madhya Pradesh government has come with a decidedly ‘innovative’ scheme to encourage widow remarriages in the state – through monetary incentive.
Marry a widow and get Rs. 2 lakh – that is the Madhya Pradesh social justice department’s new initiative.
The government, which has claimed that it is the first such scheme in the country, also said that it expected nearly 1,000 widow remarriages to take place every year through this initiative, The Times of India reported.
However, there are a few conditions that couples would have to keep in mind if they wish to benefit under the scheme, the report said.
- First, the bride must be aged between 18 years to 45 years.
- Second, it should be the groom’s first marriage.
- Third, the marriage should be registered in the district collectorate office, since the government will not accept proof issued by gram panchayats and local bodies.
In July, the Supreme Court had asked the Centre to frame a policy to encourage widow remarriage. Perhaps taking a cue from the directive, the Madhya Pradesh government has decided to use monetary incentive to achieve their goal.
According to the draft of the scheme, the state government would initially allocate Rs 20 crore a year for the initiative.
As per the Times of India report, the government is ready to send the proposal to the finance department, following which it will be placed before the cabinet. Authorities expect the scheme to come into effect in the next three months.
Widow remarriage was legalised in India in 1856