While many BJP-ruled states are considering enacting laws to ban the alleged conversion of women in the name of marriage, the Uttarakhand government is encouraging such marriages in the state. For this, an incentive of Rs 50,000 is given to those who marry a person of any other caste or religion.
Officials of the State Social Welfare Department said that this incentive amount is given to all the couples who are registered for inter-religious marriage. Inter-religious marriages should take place in a recognized temple, mosque, church or devasthan. He said that in order to get the incentive for inter-caste marriages, one of the spouses is required to be a Scheduled Caste according to Article 341 of the Indian Constitution.
District Social Welfare Officer of Tehri, Dipankar Ghildiyal said that inter-caste and inter-religious marriages can be very helpful to awaken the spirit of national unity and maintain unity in the society. He informed that couples who marry such couples can apply for an incentive till one year after the wedding.
Amount increased from 10 to 50 thousand in 2014
The amendments in the Uttar Pradesh Inter-caste / Inter-religious Marriage Promotion Rules, 1976, in Uttarakhand were increased from Rs 10,000 to Rs 50,000 in 2014. This rule was adopted in the same form when Uttarakhand was formed in 2000 after being separated from Uttar Pradesh.