Intoduced in 2013, the scheme has consistently failed to meet its target of 500 couples every year. As reported by Scroll, only 5 couples benefitted from the scheme in 2014-15. In the subsequent years 72, 45 and 74 couples were awarded.
Several problems have plagued the Dr Ambedkar Scheme for Social Integration through Inter-Caste Marriages, one of them being stringent eligibility criteria. For instance, only those marriages solemnised under the Hindu Marriages Act are eligible.
Also, the incentive is awarded to couples only in their first year of marriage and requires recommendation from a legislator or a District Collector.
The BJP and the Congress are trying to woo Dalits in Gujarat as the winner may be decided by a margin of 4-5 per cent votes, as reported earlier in Business Standard.
The BJP has awarded 13 tickets to dalits whereas Congress, the main opposition party has fielded 14.