SHAGUN TO SCHEDULED CASTES, CHRISTIAN GIRLS, BACKWARD CLASSES AND OTHER ECONOMICALLY WEAKER FAMILIES. (STATE PLAN)
Shagun of Rs.5100/- was given to the parents/guardians of girls belonging to Scheduled Caste and widows/divorcees of Punjab domicile under the Shagun scheme on the occasion of their marriage w.e.f. 1-4-1997 subject to the condition that annual income of parents/guardians from all sources does not exceed Rs.16,000/-. The scope of the scheme was extended to Christian girls at the time of their marriage w.e.f. 1-9-1997 on the same terms and conditions .
The scheme was renamed as Ashirwad from 26-1-2004 and under this scheme the amount of shagun was enhanced from Rs.5100/- to Rs. 6100/- for Scheduled Caste/Christian girls and daughters of widows of any caste at the time of their marriages. From 1-4-2006, the rate of financial assistance was enhanced from Rs.6100/- to Rs.15000/-. The amount was given only to the parents/guardians of Scheduled Castes/Christians girls and daughters of widows of any caste at the time of their marriage w.e.f. 1-4-2011 subject to the condition that annual income of the parents/guardians from all sources does not exceed Rs.30,000/-. This benefit is extended to widows/divorcees at the time of their re-marriage.