Not just damaged roads, irregular water and electricity supply, the Rajasthan Sampark portal – set up to provide citizens a centralised platform to submit and redress grievances – is now doubling up as an online wedding service too.
On October 13, the single-point grievance redressal portal received a request from a 20-year-old man (name withheld) from Bhilwara requesting the government officials to find him a ‘suitable’ bride.
In the application, the man, who belongs to the Gujjar community, wrote that he is fair, tall and a Class 11 pass, and was looking for a “well-cultured” girl from the community for taking care of his parents. He said if the government helped him to get married, they will receive his good wishes.
Replying to the first-of-its-kind request on October 21, officials of the social justice and empowerment department stated that according to the government of India’s rules the applicant was a minor and could not get married till he was 21 year old.
They advised that he should look for a bride with the help of his community members only after he turned 21.
An official of the department told HT that the youth worked at a shop and submitted the request after being advised by people working at the e-mitra centre, which helps people to avail various services of the government and private sectors under a single roof.
The official said the youth posted the request as the government provided financial assistance to below poverty line families for marriages.