The State Cabinet today accorded sanction to the adoption of the state sponsored social assistance scheme titled ‘State Marriage Assistance Scheme for Poor Girls’ (SMAS) as per guidelines for its implementation in J&K with immediate effect. The scheme 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. The norms for availing benefit under the scheme are that the prospective beneficiary girl should be above 18 years of age, should be an identified poor girl in the survey list available with the concerned DDCs, DSWOs. The eligible girl will receive one-time financial assistance of Rs 25000 and cost of 5gm of gold from the competent authority as provided in the scheme. The Social Welfare Department will be the nodal department for implementation of the scheme.
2015 Kashmir Despatch