SHILLONG, Sep 2: A simple but auspicious programme for distribution of cheques to the eligible beneficiaries of South West Garo Hills district under Chief Minister’s Wedding Assistance Scheme for Orphan Girls was organized by District Social Welfare Department here at Ampati Multi Facility Centre on Friday.
The Wedding Assistance Scheme was launched by Chief Minister Dr. Mukul Sangma in 2014 and all poor orphan girls of marriageable age above 18 years are entitled to get the benefit of the scheme to eble them to have a decent wedding and start a decent family in the society. The scheme is being implemented by Social Welfare Department in all district offices in the State and forms are available for the deserving beneficiaries in all district offices as well as Child Development Project offices in all the blocks.
The cheques were distributed to 11 orphan beneficiaries of the district who were accompanied by their prospective grooms, by the Deputy Commissioner CVD Diengdoh as the chief guest on the occasion. Director of Recruitment, Indian Army, Col. AK Sinha and Superintendent of Police, Ramesh Singh were also present on the occasion and assisted the Deputy Commissioner in giving away the cheques amounting to Rs.15,000 each.
In his address, Deputy Commissioner Diengdoh said that the scheme is a way of showing the orphan girls that they are not alone and that the government is there to support them in their ‘once-in-a-lifetime special occasion’ for which necessary expenditure is involved. At the same time he also asked the prospective couples to work out a way to save part of the money they get from the scheme for their future needs.
The Deputy Commissioner also emphasized to the couples on the need to register their marriage under the compulsory Registration of Marriages Act of 2012 so that they may have a strong foundation for their marriage to develop strong families, saying that the development of any society or tion starts from the families.
Earlier, District Social Welfare Officer, South West Garo Hills, LJ Sangma welcomed the gathering and briefly highlighted on the objective of the scheme. Sub-Divisiol Medical Officer, Ampati Dr. CR Sangma also gave a brief awareness talk to the new couples, while Parish Priest, St. Claret’s Parish Ampati Fr. Joseph offered the prayer of benediction.