Kolkata: Minister of State for Women and Child Welfare Shashi Panja held a meeting with the borough chairmen of Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC), to ensure that the beneficiaries of Rupashree scheme get their financial assistance without any hassle.
The distribution of forms for Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee's dream project Rupashree has begun from April 1. Under the scheme, the state government will be providing a one-time financial assistance of Rs 25,000 to the family of a girl at the time of her marriage.
"The forms will be available from the borough offices of KMC. It will be the job of the boroughs to conduct an enquiry of the genuineness of the application and then send it to our headquarters. The application form will bear the signatures of two KMC officers from the borough and five persons living in the neighbourhood of the beneficiary," Panja said.
If everything is found to be alright, the money will get transferred to the bank account of the applicant, five days ahead of her marriage.
"We are taking all possible measures to ensure that no one avails this benefit through forgery," she added.
The entire scheme in the city will be monitored by the borough chairmen in their respective jurisdictional areas. Mayor Sovan Chatterjee and some of his Member Mayor-in-Councils were present in the meeting at KMC conference hall.
It may be mentioned that the state government has allocated Rs 1,500 crore for the project and around 6 lakh families will get the benefits of the scheme.
Forms have been made available at offices of Block Development Officers (BDO), Sub-Divisional Officers (SDOs) and local civic bodies.
As per the scheme, a woman above 18 years in age can apply for the same, once the date of her marriage is finalised. The income of the family should not exceed more than Rs 1.5 lakh per annum for availing the benefit of the scheme.
The concerned officials will go through the documents furnished along with the application form.
Applicants will need to provide documents including photocopies of their birth certificate, invitation card of marriage or other relevant document, an identification card and details of their bank accounts.