The district welfare department has failed to provide the financial grant to an inter-caste married couple even after nearly five years of their marriage.
Harnek Singh, the applicant, belongs to others backward classes (OBC) category, while his wife Renu Bala is from the scheduled caste (SC) category.
The couple, residents of Guru Nanak Nagar, Patiala, got married on July 17, 2011, against the consent of their parents. The couple now also has a four-yearold daughter.
Notably, the Union government had announced a financial benefit of Rs 50,000 to a couple of inter-cast marriage. The government had increased the amount of the benefit from Rs 25,000 in 2011and the cost of the burden was to be shared on 50:50 basis with the states.
Sources claimed that there was a long queue of couples waiting for the promised intercaste-marriage benefit that the union government had come out with in order to abolish the caste consciousness in the country.
Harnek said his family had severed ties with him and he did not possess any share in the family property as they were against his marriage with a girl from outside their caste. He added that although his relatives left them alone, the administration also did not fulfill their promise while they had deposited the all the required documents after their marriage.
“Now my wife is pregnant again and I am unable to bear the medical and other house expenses, but the officials at the district welfare office do not respond to my queries,” Harnek said.
He claimed that the government had issued the cheques, but the cheques expired because of it never got distributed on time in wait for a political leader to do the same. He said, “The officials at the department do not even cooperate with the common people who come there to enquire about their case status.”
Parminder Singh Gill, a senior official at district welfare office, when contacted, said the department was regularly disbursing the cases, as these were being sanctioned by the main office. He said they had recently received some cheques with the nod of the government and these would be delivered soon.