Arundhati Scheme of Assam
The government of Assam has announced a new scheme called Arundhati to provide gold at free of cost to the brides.
The important features of the scheme are:
- Under the scheme, the government of Assam aims to provide 1 Tola Gold, at about Rs 38K as on today, to brides belonging to all such communities of Assam where it is customary to provide gold at the time of the wedding.
- The government has set aside Rs 300 cr has been for the implementation of the Arundhati Scheme.
- The scheme is named after Arundhati, wife of great sage Basistha.
- Arundhati considered an epitome of chastity and conjugal bliss and the government t wants to wish the bride with joy and happiness of that of Arundhati.
- The benefit under Arundhati scheme can be availed upon formal registration of marriages under Special Marriage (Assam) Rules, 1954 & the gold will reach beneficiaries right in time for the social marriage.
- The scheme is limited for economically weaker sections, whose annual income is below Rs 5 lakh.
Gold forms an inherent part of Indian weddings. With the introduction of the Arundhati Scheme, the government wants to stand with those fathers who cannot afford to gift a set of gold ornaments to their daughters and would to resort to borrowings and put themselves in the vicious cycle of debt.