Cheques distributed under Shagun scheme
There was a mass distribution of cheques under the Shagun Scheme in the state of Punjab recently. Cheques worth a total of Rs. 6.75 lakh was given in a single day under the scheme by the Ministry of Rural Development. The Minister for Rural Developments in Punjab gave away these cheques under this social scheme to 45 such families who live in the rural areas of Rampura Phul. The Punjab Govt. had launched the Shagun scheme in 1997 and this is a social scheme dedicated to the poor and backward masses of the rural areas of Punjab who are unable to give a proper wedding to their daughters.
Main aim of the Shagun scheme
The main motto of the Shagun scheme is to give a financial support to the backward and poor families who do not have the required money to spend in their daughter’s marriage. This is a woman empowerment project launched in 1997 and under this, the Govt. has promised to give money to every such family who are below poverty line and have daughters for marriage. The sanctioned amount is Rs. 15,000 per beneficiary and the amount will be given in form of bank cheques. These cheques can be easily cashed from the issuing bank.
How to get the Shagun scheme cheques?
The families who want to get benefited under the scheme need to visit the Suvidha Kendras and collect an application form of this scheme. This application form must be filled along with required documents like income proof of the family per month and proof of identity of their daughter and has to be submitted there. This process is to be done within 30 days of marriage of the daughter. After the successful submission of the form, the case will be verified at the tehsil authorities and sanction of cheques will be done.
Stress on implementing the scheme in the families of backward classes
The Punjab Govt. is dedicated to bring all the economic weak families who belong to SC, ST, OBC, religious minority category. The aim is to give them a financial support and help them in some extent to give away marriages to their daughters. Also stress is being given by the working body on inclusion of widows and divorcees in the Shagun scheme to help them getting married one again. The social welfare organizations and NGOs have welcomed this step by the Punjab govt. on women empowerment.
More details on Shagun scheme
Shagun means the amount given as blessing in the ritual of marriage. The Shagun scheme has been a flagship scheme of the Punjab Govt. since 1997 and in this current financial year, more than 18 thousand beneficiaries were given the cheques under this scheme. Following are some data revealing the success of the Shagun scheme in Punjab:
|Sl. No.||Shagun Scheme attributes||Related data|
|1||Amount given per beneficiary||Rs. 15,000|
|2||Year of launch||1997|
|3||Mode of payment||Cheque facility|
|4||Place of registration under this scheme||Suvidha Kendras|
|5||Total expenditure so far||Rs. 86,451 lakh approx|