Marriages, over the years, have gotten to be a bane of one’s existence. Not because of anything else but the fact that they end up being expensive. Not all families across India can afford marriages and that has grown to be quite a problem among the poorer families in India. To assist people belonging to the poorer sects of the society, the Karnataka Government has announced the Karnataka Arundhati scheme and the Maitri Yojana for Brahmin Brides in the state.

About the schemes

The Arundhati Yojana will offer monetary support to Brahmin brides. According to the scheme, the Arundhati yojana will assist the poorer families belonging to the Brahmin sect. The family of the bride belonging to the Brahmin community who applies for the scheme will get a sum of ₹25,000 for the wedding on behalf of the state government.

Under the implementation of this scheme, about 550 families of the Brahmin brides will receive the assistance amount to conduct their weddings without it running the family finances into bankruptcy.

The Karnataka Maitri Yojana 2021

Under this scheme, the Karnataka state government will offer ₹3 lakh to the bride if she marries a priest – archakras and the purohits.

How to apply for the scheme?

In order to avail of the benefits of the schemes, the applicant would have to ideally apply online. The applicant would have to visit the official website of Brahmin development https://ksbdb.karnataka.gov.in/english and click at the Sign-in tab under the header to register their name under the scheme.

Eligibility criteria for availing the benefits of the schemes

To avail of the benefits offered by the scheme, the applicant would have to follow the criteria mentioned herewith:

  1. The applicant must be a permanent resident of Karnataka state.
  2. The family of the bride has to produce a certificate citing that they are from an economically troubled family.
  3. The bride must belong to the brahmin community and must produce the certificate stating the same.
  4. The marriage has to be the bride and groom’s first marriage.
  5. The wedding must be registered and the marriage registration certificate should be produced for the same.
  6. The couple has to stay married for at least the span of five years.

In conclusion

The Brahmin population in the state of Karnataka has dropped to an alarmingly low rate of 3%. The main purpose of establishing these schemes is to uplift the people who come from poorer backgrounds, especially the priests who have a hard time making ends meet.

With the money received from the state government, they can now set up small businesses to support their livelihood. With the implementation of this scheme, more Brahmin weddings would be encouraged across the state.

Marriages might be a sacred union of two individuals, but what is important is a sense of dignity around it. People often resist marriages simply because of the expenditure it will incur on the families of the bride and the groom. With these schemes in place, the financial drawbacks that come with marriages can, to a certain extent, be mitigated.


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