PDP hails Mufti govt for launching Marriage Assistance Scheme for poor girls

Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed said that this scheme would be provide much relief to the poor and needy families across the state.

PTI| Updated: Dec 03, 2015, 18:47 PM IST

Jammu: Lauding the Mufti Mohammad Sayeed-led coalition government for launching Marriage Assistance Scheme (MAS) for poor girls, the PDP on Thursday said that the scheme would provide much relief to the needy families across the state.

"We hail the government led by Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed for launching revolutionary marriage assistance scheme for the poor girls," PDP General Secretary, Ved Mahajan said today.

He said that this scheme would be provide much relief to the poor and needy families across the state.

Mahajan termed this scheme as "historic and revolutionary" because government has decided to give financial assistance of Rs 25,000 and cost of five grams of gold as marriage assistance scheme for poor girls.

It is a social assistance scheme meant for those unmarried identified girls of the state living below poverty line, who may not find themselves in a position to marry due to financial constraints, he said.

Calling upon party workers to educate the people about this revolutionary and pro-poor scheme so that deserving people can take benefit of it, Mahajan said that norms for availing benefit under the scheme are that the prospective beneficiary girl should be above 18 years of age, and should be an identified poor girl in the survey lists.

The PDP general secretary also hailed the decision of the state government to launch a new scheme namely 'Hunnar' as per guidelines for its implementation in Jammu and Kashmir with immediate effect.

'Hunnar' is a skill development scheme for poor girls of the state living below poverty line, who may not find themselves in a position to earn dignified livelihood.

The proposed scheme will bring all schemes launched by different departments under one umbrella which have training and skill development component, he added.

The scheme constituents include skill development, micro enterprises, cooperative societies for the production, manufacturing of goods and marketing of products, he added.

Mahajan said that these two schemes are specially formulated for the poor girls to improve socio-economic conditions of the marginalised lot.

He said that implementation of National Food Security Act (NFSA) was another big decision taken by the state government which is going to benefit more than one crore population of the state.

He said that this scheme will provide big relief to the people belonging to BPL category.

Mahajan also hailed the cabinet approval for establishment of two cluster Universities at Srinagar and Jammu.

He said that this will not only give impetus to higher education, but will also increase the employability chances.