The West Bengal government has rolled out Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s dream project ‘Rupashree’ which provides one-time financial support to the marriages of poor women. ‘Rupashree’ scheme follows the chief minister’s ambitious ‘Kanyashree’ project which has drawn global applause. The application form for the ‘Rupashree’ scheme has been made available since Wednesday last across the state. The ‘Kanyashree’ scheme under which a beneficiary gets an annual scholarship of Rs 500 and a one-time grant of Rs 25,000 aims at incentivizing schooling of teenaged girls and delaying their marriages until its legal age at 18.
For the latest ‘Rupashree’ scheme, a woman has to fill the application form before her marriage and submit it to the Block Development Officer (BDO) or Municipality Office. An amount of Rs 25,000 will be credited to her bank account before her marriage. A sum of Rs 1500 crore has been earmarked for the project which is expected to benefit about six lakh women belonging to the economically poor families. Under the scheme announced on January 31 this year and is operational now, the women must be a permanent resident of West Bengal and be above 18 years at the time of their marriages with a cap on an annual family income of Rs 1.5 lakh.