Project : Online Application for ‘’Kalyana Lakshmi – Shaadi Mubarak’’ Schemes
- SC-ST Welfare Department, GoTS
- BC Welfare Department, GoTS
- Minority Welfare Department, GoTS
Background: Until the formation of Telangana State in 2014, poverty and economic-backwardness were common features in most parts of the Telangana state. Despite this, marriage with all its traditions was an expensive affair and often parents of girls faced a big financial and emotional burden to perform marriages. This financial struggle and emotional challenge led to the prevalence of female school dropouts and child marriages. The victim of these circumstances is mostly the girl child.
In order to prevent child marriages and support marriage expense of financially distressed families, on October 02 2014, Government of Telangana (GoTS) introduced a welfare scheme called “Kalyana Lakshmi – Shaadi Mubarak’’, providing financial assistance for marriages of girls. (minimum age of getting the benefit of this scheme is 18 years).Initially, the scheme was started as “Kalyana Lakshmi” for SCs and STs, “Shaadi Mubarak” for the minority community, by giving Rs. 51,000/- in the marriage of the girl. Gradually, this scheme was extended to all sections of the society – SC, ST, BC (BC-A / BC-B / BC-D), Economically Backward Classes (EBC – listed / other) and Minority community unmarried girls; and the financial assistance was increased to Rs. 75,116 from Apr-2017 to Rs 1,00,116, Apr-2018.
The State government’s importance to the scheme is evident from the fact that it has spent a whopping Rs. 1700 crore from 2014-15 to 2017-18 on this scheme. The success of the scheme is also reflected from the fact that in just over three years, over 3 lakh girls (beneficiaries) have benefitted from this scheme!
CGG’s role: The backbone of Kalyana Lakshmi – Shaadi Mubarak’s implementation and success is its e-governance application(through ‘’telanganaepass.cgg.gov.in’’), a single, end to end automated online system which facilitates the scheme’s efficiency and effectiveness.CGG facilitated in designing the application, development of the application, hosting the application and database, and providing Operation and Maintenance of the portal.
Implementation model was conceived in a way to associate these Kalyana Lakshmi and Shaadi Mubarak schemes with ePASS (Electronic Payment and Scholarship System)Portal, which is a flagship scheme for the disbursement of scholarship to the students of Telangana State.
Benefits/uses of the application:
The scheme has so far helped in reducing child marriages in the State besides helping distressed families. Child marriages have come down since the introduction of the scheme, as parents are waiting until the time their girl child attains 18 years, which is mandatory under the scheme, for availing the benefit.
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