Sixty-two couples, who entered into wedlock (through inter-caste marriage) in Krishna district – mostly from the below-poverty-line category — received financial aid from the Government on Sunday.

The Government’s gesture was to promise better livelihood options for the couples and encourage inter-caste marriages in society. Krishna District Collector Buddha Prakash M. Jyothi gave away cheques to the couples during the birth anniversary celebrations of B.R. Ambedkar in the town.

The beneficiaries (SCs and STs) received the aid, from a minimum of Rs.5,000 to a maximum of Rs.50,000 based on the caste of the bride and bridegroom.

Mr. Buddha Prakash offered floral tributes at the B.R. Ambedkar statue and joined in the rally marking the celebrations.

“Education is what Ambedkar had advised to the youth before they decided to fight for the rights of the downtrodden”, the Collector told the youth and asked them to pursue higher education for the wellbeing of society as well as individual development.

The students from several social welfare hostels staged skits during the celebrations at Ambedkar Bhavan depicting the opportunities that were being promised for students, particularly for education of SC and ST communities.

Mr. Buddha Prakash promised them that a special meeting would be held to find out amicable solutions to long-pending problems including land encroachment of the SC and ST communities.

At least 32 beneficiaries of various government welfare schemes were given atuorickshaws and farm equipment worth Rs. 39.29 lakh . The SC and ST associations staged special shows and took out rallies.