Chandigarh, October 19: The Punjab government has spent Rs 129.29 crore on 25,399 beneficiaries of 'Ashirwad' scheme in the current financial year, minister Baljit Kaur said on Wednesday. A total of Rs 161.31 crore has been earmarked this financial year under the scheme, which offers Rs 51,000 to women from Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes and other backward classes for marriage. Punjab Govt Tells HC That It Will Reframe Proposed 'atta' Home Delivery Scheme.

Kaur, Minister of Social justice, Empowerment and Minorities, said the government is committed to the welfare of SCs, STs and economically weaker sections. In order to avail the scheme, the applicant, apart from belonging to a backward class, should be a permanent resident of Punjab and a BPL card holder. Punjab Rural Development Minister Kuldeep Singh Dhaliwal Claims Stubble Burning Down This Year.

Two women of each family are eligible to avail the benefit. According to the minister, the money will be credited directly into the benefeciary's bank accounts, which should be linked with Aadhaar.

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