Assam govt to gift 10 gm of gold to every bride

The Assam government announced that it will gift 10 grams of gold to every adult bride, if she has studied at least up to class 10 and her marriage is registered.

There are some other conditions as well to avail the benefit of the 'Arundhati Gold Scheme', which will cost the state exchequer around Rs 800 crores per annum, state Finance Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said.

The scheme will commence from January 1 next year.

"We will give every girl one 'tola' (10 grams) of gold during her marriage, provided the marriage is registered. Our focus is not to get votes by giving gold, but to get the marriages registered," Sarma told a press conference.

Around 3 lakh marriages take place every year in Assam but only 50,000-60,000 are registered, the minister said. The annual family income of the bride has to be less than Rs 5 lakh to avail the benefit of the scheme, he added.

"We hope that after the scheme is launched, we will be able to increase the registration to 2-2.5 lakh. If that happens, then we will see an outgo of around Rs 800 crore per annum," Sarma said.