Mukhya Mantri Kanyadan Yojana

The objective of this scheme is to provide financial assistance to poor, needy, destitute families for marrying off their daughters/widows/divorcees. This assistance is given only in mass marriages with the condition that the girl must have attained the age fixed for marriage. Earlier, a bride was given Rs 6500 assistance for household items and Rs 1000 against the mass marriage expenditure. Now, the assistance amount has been raised to Rs 10,000 out of which Rs 9,000 is given for household items.

The marriage of a girl is a big worry for a poor family, who does not have enough money even for meeting their daily requirements let alone expenses on a daughter’s wedding. They usually take loans with a view to mobilizing lump sum funds to meet the wedding expenses and fall prey to moneylenders. This scheme has been launched on the special initiative of Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan for helping poor families rid of this worry. Under the scheme, mass marriages are performed, which not only increase social harmony but also curb unnecessary expenditure on weddings. Another special feature of the scheme is that all the sections of society are benefited by this scheme. Marriages of Hindu and Muslim couples are solemnized at the same venue, which leads to communal harmony and goodwill.

3 lakh 80 thousand 412 daughters have been married off under the scheme, while 9,590 daughters have been married off under Nikah Yojana.