In Odisha, The Authorities Will Pay Rs 2.5 Lakh As Incentive To Marry A Individual With Disabilities

With the aim of encouraging people to marry people with disabilities, The Odisha government has increased the cash incentive from Rs 50,000 to Rs 2.50,000 per eligible couple.

The incentive amount under the program has now been increased from 50,000 to 2.50,000 rupees per eligible couple, Bhaskar Sharma, commissioner and secretary of the Department of Social Security and Empowerment of People with Disabilities (SSEPD), wrote to all district collectors.

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The department also issued a revised policy to facilitate and encourage such marriages.

Sharma noted in the February 23 letter to district collectors that while this program was being implemented, the department was brought to the attention of some operational issues that increased the incentive to marry people with benchmark disabilities from 50,000 to 2.5 lakh .

Each spouse with a benchmark disability can receive a cash incentive reward if the other person marries a person with a benchmark disability. The groom and bride must have been 21 and 18 years old, respectively, at the time of marriage, the directive states.

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The policy clearly stated that spouses should not take advantage of the incentive bonus under this program earlier and that such a wedding should be dowry free.

With the increased amount, Odisha has become the state that pays the highest monetary incentive for marrying a disabled person.

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The government of Madhya Pradesh initiated a similar program in 2017 that offered a cash incentive of Rs 2 lakhs.

In Telangana, the government has a cash incentive of Rs 1 lakhs for marrying people with disabilities, while in other states like Maharashtra the amount is Rs 50,000.

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