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To ensure speedy and effective implementation of the State Marriage Assistance Scheme (SMAS) and deal strictly with inordinate delay in settling of cases under the scheme, the Government has revised the timelines at different levels.

The Government today issued a circular, in modification to its earlier version, detailing the revised timelines as per directions of High Court in the matter.

According to the revised timelines, a period of three working days has been fixed for District Social Welfare Officer, six working days for Sanctioning Authority (Deputy Commissioner) while five working days have been fixed for Director Finance, Social Welfare Department to dispose of the cases under SMAS.

The Government has issued strict directions to all the concerned for ensuring strict adherence to the revised guidelines and, according to the Circular, any deviation in this regard would be dealt strictly as per the Law.

The scheme envisages one-time financial assistance of Rs 25,000 and five-gram gold from the state’s Social Welfare department for poor girls living below poverty line who may not find themselves in a position to marry due to financial constraints. The norms for availing benefit under the scheme include that the prospective beneficiary girl should be above 18 years of age and an identified poor girl in the survey list available with the concerned DDCs and DSWOs. GKNN