UP to scrap 44-yr-old scheme that rewards interfaith marriage
AGRA: The Uttar Pradesh go nment is planning to withdraw a scheme that has incentivised interfaith marriage for 44 years. This comes after the UP go nment ordinance banning “forced” conversions.
The Intercaste & Interfaith Marriage Incentive Scheme has been in place since 1976, initiated by the national integration department in Uttar Pradesh. When Uttarakhand was carved out of the state, it retained the incentive plan. But now, Uttarakhand, too, is considering withdrawal of the scheme.
“In UP, 11 interfaith couples were beneficiaries of the scheme last year and got Rs 50,000 each,” a senior go nment official told TOI. “This year, no amount has been released. The four applications that were filed remain pending. The scheme will be reconsidered after the (Uttar Pradesh Prohibition of Unlawful Conversion of Religion) ordinance,” he added. The ordinance, cleared by governor Anandiben Patel on Saturday, penalises what are deemed to be “forced” conversions, including those by marriage.
In 2017, the state go nment had added a caveat to the scheme — the interfaith couple could not convert after they got married, or they would lose the incentive.
UP go nment spokesperson and minister Shrikant Sharma said, “The scheme does est for now. I cannot comment on its continuation.” As for the backdrop — the anti-conversion ordinance — he added, “The ordinance means to stop forced conversion and punish those who hide their identity to cheat their partners.”
What a stupid scheme wasting tax payers money. I'm sure it was introduced by pseudosecular parties.
Instead go nment should bring the scheme that if one remain bachelor he will be rewarded, atleast this person contribute to country without adding more in its population.
pathetic direction BJP ruled States are going in.
Modi is against any marriage as he had a failed marriage..
The move to scrap the old scheme of interfaith marriage is good . But Yogi never talks about atleast a dozen rapes and murders happening on daily basis at UP
Well decision Mr. Yogi . Go ahead , God bless you . Also ban interfaith marriages to save our culture.
V K Sharma
waste of time and waste of resources.
It's an open secret that Feku dumped his child bride like trash. But ironically enough, they always try to dictate whom we can/cannot marry.
Why to pay compensation for marriages....? No logical sense....
V K Sharma
I am working in saudi since 25 yrs, never feel any discrimination, being a Hindu I feel secure,
why are you bringing this laws now instead focus on Electricity issues and Economic development employment and development .all these are only a waste of time and energy. Respect each ones faith and values
Only one man working for the country
Think about Covid 19, Unemployment and Inflation too
Omg! They still have this scheme?!!
Time to scrap it!
What a rubbish law for paying interfaith marriage