Scheme on, but no ‘shagun’ for needy girls - ECAS Punjab

Scheme on, but no ‘shagun’ for needy girls

Share This

Anirudh Gupta
Ferozepur, November 16

The 'Ashirwad' scheme of the state government, earlier known as the 'Shagun' scheme, mooted to provide financial assistance to girls belonging to economically poor families for their marriage, has itself become a victim of the poor economic condition of the state.

Notably, no grant has been received under the scheme for the border district for the past one year. Around 1,200 people who had applied for benefits under the scheme are still waiting for monetary help. Ironically, most of the girls who had applied for financial assistance have already got married.

Grants yet to be issued

No grant has been received under the scheme in Ferozepur district for the past one year. Around 1,200 people who had applied for benefits under the scheme are still waiting for monetary help

Under the scheme, the state government provides financial assistance of Rs 15,000 to Rs 21,000 for the marriage of a girl belonging to a low-income family.

As per data, from April 2017 to September 2020, more than 8,000 girls applied for benefits under the scheme. In Ferozepur subdivision, 4,210 girls applied whereas 1,892 applications were received in Zira and around 1,948 in Guruharsahai.

Karmobai, a resident of Tendiwala village, said after her husband's death in 2018, she was concerned about her daughter's marriage. "Someone suggested that I should apply under the scheme, after which I sent the application in December last year. Later, my daughter got married. Now, it has been almost one year, but I have not received any amount," she said.

Angrej Singh of Kot Karor Kalan village said he had applied under the scheme for her daughter's marriage last year but had not received any help from the government.

Sukhjit Singh, Block Social Justice and Empowerment Officer, said the applications had been forwarded after verification. "I cannot say anything regarding why the funds have not been received," he said.



from The Tribune https://ift.tt/3lC0cUI

No comments:

Post a Comment

Pages