Guwahati: Assam government had last year announced a gold scheme called Arundhati Gold Scheme for the economically weaker sections under which the state government would offer one-tola (10 gram) gold to brides.
The Assam government had also set aside Rs 300 crore in its budget 2019-20 for the Arundhati Gold Scheme.
The State government's new scheme offers one-tola gold to brides belonging to families with an annual income of less than Rs 5 lakh. It is also applicable to the first two children of a family.
The scheme will be applicable only if the bride and the groom have reached the age of 18-years and 21-years respectively.
The age criteria will strictly be enforced after the verification of birth certificate and a thorough medical examination. The government shall provide 'one tola gold' to brides belonging to all such communities of the state where it is customary to provide gold at the time of the wedding.
The marriage of the applicant should be registered under the Special Marriage Act, 1954.
The female applicant will have to apply for Arundhati Gold Scheme on the same day of the marriage registration. Also, the girl can avail this benefit for her first marriage only.
It is important that both the groom and the bride have passed at least HSLC or equivalent examination except for the tea tribe including Adivasi communities of the State.
The female applicant will also have to submit an online form for claiming the benefit of Arundhati Gold Scheme. The form is available at revenueassam.nic.in
After the form is completed, the applicant has to submit both the forms online and also take a print out of the physical copy where the applicant will have to sign the declaration and submit the same physical copy along with all the documents listed in the office of the concerned Marriage Registration Officer.
The information of acceptance or rejection will be notified to the applicant via message or email. Therefore, it is advisable that applicants provide their correct mobile number and email id in the online application form.
If the applicant is accepted, the amount as eligible under the scheme shall be transferred to the bank account of the applicant by the Inspector General of Registration through Direct Benefits Transfer (DBT) mode.