It is a well know fact that in India marriage between disabled and able-bodied persons is not encouraged. Disabled persons are expected to marry other disabled persons. Arranged marriages are quite prevalent in India. And often matches for disabled people are often made only with a person with disability. This trend is a huge hurdle in the path of inclusion of disabled people in the mainstream.
To get around this problem, the Government of India and various state governments provide monetary incentive to the couple — if one of whom is a disabled person. The idea is to encourage able-bodied people to get into wedlock with persons with disabilities. Today we will look at what compensation various state governments are providing.
Recently created state of Telangana provides probably the highest incentive for marrying a disabled persons. The government give Rs. 1,00,000 to the couple.
Odisha state government offers Rs. 50,000 to a state resident if s/he choose to marry a disabled person.
Like Odisha, the state government of Maharashtra also provides Rs. 50,000 to a newly married couple if one of the married partners is disabled.
To avail the monetary incentive the disabled persons must have benchmark disability. That is to say that s/he must have at least 40% certified disability.
Some of the people, however, raise doubts over this scheme. Their contention is that such schemes may encourage able-bodied individuals to marry financially independent disabled people just to get the incentive.
While such arguments could certainly be true in some cases, we believe that it is a good idea to provide some financial assistance to the newly married couple. Disability may hamper one’s ability to earn. A little bit of financial assistance can provide a jump start to the new family.
Please provide us more information on the kind of assistance provided by your state’s government to such couples. We will add the information to this article for the benefit of our readers. Thank you for connecting with WeCapable!