J-K State Marriage Assistance Scheme (SMAS)
Jammu and Kashmir's Department of Social Welfare grants cash assistance of Rs. 25,000 and a cost amount for 5 grams of gold to eligible applications for the JK State Marriage Assistance Scheme 2022

Inflation in our economy is at an all-time high. In such circumstances, the price of gold is steadily rising. It is quite tough for a poor man to purchase gold for his adored daughter’s wedding. The situation is worse as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Previously, it was difficult for poor individuals to handle the costs of marriage; today, it has become much more difficult due to three waves of COVID-19, which have resulted in nationwide job losses.

In such a case, if the government comes to the aid of the poor in marrying their daughters, it is a blessing for them. So, in this article, we will explain a Jammu and Kashmir Union Territory programme (JK State Marriage Assistance Scheme) in which the Social Welfare Department of Jammu and Kashmir is offering financial help of Rs. 25,000 and the price of 5 grams of gold to persons who are from poor households and have a below-poverty line (BPL) Ration Card.

JK State Marriage Assistance Scheme

The JK State Marriage Assistance Scheme is one of the most significant initiatives of the Jammu and Kashmir Government, and our goal is to create awareness about it among the people in poverty so that they can benefit from it.

Beneficiaries of the JK State Marriage Assistance Scheme 2022 would get 25,000 rupees in addition to the cost of 5 grams of gold. If you are eligible, you must apply for this scheme in person using an application form.

Approximately, 36,000 people have benefited from this welfare program thus far with the government allocating about 144 Crore rupees for the execution of this initiative.

The brides of Jammu & Kashmir’s Kulgam district have reaped most of the benefits of this scheme, as per media reports.

Let’s take a look at everything there is to know about this marriage assistance scheme in this very article.

Basic Details about J-K Marriage Assistance Scheme

The Jammu and Kashmir State Marriage Assistance Scheme is provided by the Union Territory’s Department of Social Welfare. It was firstly introduced in the erstwhile State in 2015 for the benefit of poor people living below the poverty line.

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Poor people would not marry their daughters before they reach the age of 18 if this scheme is publicized and implemented in its true spirit. As a result, this assistance scheme will help minimise the number of child marriages in the UT.

As already explained, the scheme benefits the would-be brides with the financial assistance of Rs. 25,000 and a cash amount worth 5 grams of gold.

The application’s mode is both online and offline, through the J&K Social Welfare Department and its official website jkdswdj.jk.gov.in (Jammu Division) or socialwelfarekashmir.jk.gov.in (Kashmir Division), respectively. However, it has recently been shifted to www.jansugam.jk.gov.in.

Applicants’ Eligibility Criteria

You should examine the eligibility conditions before applying for this scheme; only if you meet the eligibility criteria, you can apply for this scheme. So, have a look at the following:

  • Before applying for this scheme, the girls who are planning to marry must be 18 years old.
  • This financial support plan is only available to a girl once in her lifetime. If she marries again, she will not be able to take advantage of this scheme.
  • The benefits of this scheme are only available to girls who are living in poverty and categorized below-poverty line as per their family Ration Cards.
  • Applicants who wish to benefit from this scheme should not have received benefits from any other Central or State (UT) government programme.
Muslim girls, as well as girls from all religions, are eligible to apply for JK State Marriage Assistance Scheme
Muslim girls, as well as girls from all religions, are eligible to apply for JK State Marriage Assistance Scheme

Documents Required for JK SMAS Application

If you’re thinking about applying for this scheme after making sure that you are eligible, make sure you have all of the following documents, which are to be uploaded on the application portal:

  • Identity Proof: Adhaar Card (both sides)
  • Age Proof: Matriculation Certificate or DoB issued by School/Municipality/Police Station
  • Address Proof: Adhaar Card (both sides)
  • Ration Card of the family of the bride-to-be (e-Ticket family detail page)
  • Mobile number of the family or bride-to-be
  • Passport size photograph of the applicant
  • Domicile Certificate
  • Bank Passbook
  • Marriage Card (Sathnama)
  • Educational qualification certificate
  • Original Income Certificate of the family
  • Cast Certificate of the girl (in case of SC/ST)
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JK State Marriage Assistance Scheme Application Form

There is currently no application link on the official website of Jammu and Kashmir’s Department of Social Welfare. On the official website, we can only find the Application Form and some rules or guidelines about this scheme.

You can download the Application Form and fill it out properly, including attaching the relevant documents of the bride-to-be and her family. Then, speed post or submit the application in person to the competent authorities or the District Social Welfare Officer.

After receiving your application for financial assistance, the officer will review your financial situation before approving the application for granting financial support.

FAQs about JK State Marriage Assistance Scheme

What is JK State Marriage Assistance Scheme?

Jammu and Kashmir State Marriage Assistance Scheme (SMAS) is a welfare programme that was created specifically for economically disadvantaged households in the erstwhile State to help them pay for their daughters’ weddings.

What is the primary objective of launching this scheme?

The major objective of introducing this scheme by the government is to assist poor households, who face financial difficulties for marrying off their daughters.

Who is eligible for the Jammu & Kashmir State Marriage Assistance Scheme?

Those girls (would-be brides) are eligible for financial assistance under the JK State Marriage Assistance Scheme who are 18 years of age or older, marring for the first time and from poor families categorized as below-poverty line (BPL) on their Ration Cards.

What are the direct benefits of the JK State Marriage Assistance Scheme?

Beneficiaries would receive financial assistance of 25,000 rupees as well as a cost of 5 grams of gold under this scheme.

We hope you will be able to acquire all of the information from this article. We, however, request the eligible girls to get in touch with their nearby Anganwadi Centres to enrol their names for the scheme well in advance before applying for the same.

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