Thursday, August 25, 2011

[ZESTCaste] No incentive for inter-caste pairs

No incentive for inter-caste pairs

August 22, 2011


Newly-married inter-caste couple are finding themselves at odd due to
non-implementation of an incentive scheme run for them by the Social
Welfare Department (SWD), Warangal.

On May 16 this year, the state government had hiked the cash incentive
for inter-caste marriage from ` 10,000 to ` 50,000 through a GO.

Under this scheme, a marriage between two lower castes or between one
high caste and another low caste would still be eligible for the
incentive, which can be claimed on production of a marriage
certificate and photograph to SWD.

However, dalit organisations, particularly the local chapter of
Buddhist Society of India and SC/ST District Vigilance and Monitoring
Committee members, said that incentive remains on paper due to lack of
budgetary allocation to the SWD.

According to Thipparapu Laxman, member of SC/ST District Vigilance and
Monitoring Committee, 216 applications for grant of incentive to
inter-caste couple are pending with the social welfare department in
Warangal. "I had raised the issue of non-implementation of the
incentive scheme in the last meeting with officials, but to no avail
even though only ` 10,000 per couple has to be paid under the old GO,"
he said, while expressing doubt over the incentive payment to the
newly- married inter-caste couple under the new GO.

As family members of inter-caste couple often shun them for breaking
the caste barriers, Dalit leaders want the government to treat their
cases on a priority basis. "Earlier, such couple were given jobs and
house plots, but now they are given only cash incentive but no
priority is being given to release the amount despite the fact that in
inter-caste marriage, the couple set an example for others in the
society," said Bommala Kattaiah, state president, Buddhist Society of


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