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West Bengal Launches ‘Rupashree’ Scheme To Help Poor Girls Marry

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The West Bengal Government has introduced a scheme called ‘Rupashree’, which provides one-time financial support towards the marriages of less privileged women.

A sum of Rs 1,500 crore has been kept reserved for the project. The scheme aims to help around 6 lakh women from economically disadvantaged backgrounds.

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Applying for Rupashree

The application form for the ‘Rupashree’ scheme has been made available across the state. Interested women can fill the application form before their marriage. After this, they need to submit it to the Block Development Officer (BDO) or Municipality Office of their area.

Eligible women will receive Rs 25,000 in their bank accounts before their wedding.

Highlighting the purpose of the scheme, a state government official said that low-income families find it hard to bear the expenses of their daughter’s marriage. They usually borrow money for it at high-interest rates.

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Eligibility

  1.  The woman applying for the scheme should be a permanent resident of Bengal
  2.  She should have an upper annual family income of Rs 1.5 lakh. She should also be of legal marriageable age
  3. There are no minimum educational qualifications required to apply for the Rupashree scheme

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Kanyashree scheme

The West Bengal government has also implemented the ‘Kanyashree’ scheme which provides girls with an annual scholarship of Rs 500 and a one-time grant of Rs 25,000. The objective is to motivate teenage girls to stay in school and eventually delay their marriages till they were 18.

It is heartening to see state governments initiating such schemes for the welfare of women across the state.

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