No hitch in cash for inter-caste weddings: Pun
Added At: 2012-01-20 10:31 PM
HIMALAYAN NEWS SERVICE
KATHMANDU: Finance Minister Barshaman Pun today denied reports that
the ministry had stopped allowance to encourage inter-caste marriages.
Parliament committee on Women, Children and Social Welfare had sought
clarification from the minister after the Ministry of Home Affairs
stopped the allowance to couples belonging to different castes.
The Home Ministry has not distributed the money for the last nine
months stating that the Finance Ministry has blocked the budget.
The budget for fiscal year 2010/11 had made a provision for allowance
to encourage inter-caste marriages between Dalits and non-Dalits to
end caste-based discrimination in the country.
Till date, the government has provided allowance to 198 couples nationwide.
The ministry has not received any application for the allowance and
there has been no curtailment of the budget, said the minister, adding
that the government is committed to the programme aimed at uplifting
Pun further urged the Home Minister to circulate a notice to district
administration office nationwide for collecting the applications as
soon as possible and assured to pass the budget as soon as the
ministry receives them.
Finance Secretary Krishna Hari Banskota also expressed government's
commitment to the programme.
He said Rs 30 million was allocated for improving the lot of Badi
women, Rs 300 million for Janta Awas programme, Rs 340 million for
women development and that Rs one billion agreement was signed with
the Agriculture Development Bank for self-employment fund.
Binod Pahadi, a CA member, also urged the minister to continue the
programme. During the meet, panel members Shila Katila, Govind Nepali,
Asha Sardar, and Bimala Nepali called for effective programmes for
Dalits, minorities and women.
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