Under the new scheme, a couple will get Rs 20,000 if the woman is disabled, while Rs 15,000 will be given if the male partner is physically challenged.
Giving details, district disabled rehabilitation officer, Yatendra Kumar, said, "The government has re-launched the scheme and now all applicants will be benefited unlike a few ones who were selected for the prize money. Besides, the amount has been increased to Rs 15,000 from Rs 11,000 if the male partner is physically challenged, while Rs 20,000 will be given if the woman is disabled."
The concept of prize money has also been changed to 'incentive compensation' and all such couples are eligible to get benefits whose one partner or both are physically challenged. "All couples who got married after 2014 can now apply for the compensation," added Kumar.
Asked why only those who got married before 2014 could apply for the scheme, the DDRO said, "From 1998 to 2013, the department has been giving prize money to such couples and it would be a difficult task for us to cross-check applicants who applied before 2014. If it happens that a couple has been benefited by the scheme twice, it will be an awkward situation for us. So, we've decided to include only those who got married after January 2014."
Only those couples can apply for the scheme who have a domicile of UP and the male partner belongs to Meerut district. The woman must be in age group of 18-45 years, while the man should be between 21-45 years of age. "The couple should not be income tax payers and the partner should be physically challenged before getting married," added the DDRO.
Source : TOI , 10th Sep 2015