DAVANGERE: Couples who marry outside their caste are finally being given motivation allowance of Rs. 12,000 under the Inter-caste Marriage Assistance Scheme.

When is the allowance given to these couples, Minister for Rural Water Supplu and Sanitation S.A. Ravinranath asked an official from the Social Welfare Department. He wanted to know whether the allowance was given to the couples at the time of marriage or after the birth of the first child. The officer said the Government had only recently released funds to distribute the allowance to inter-caste couples and sewing machines to poor women. The department had prepared a list of 35 couples who had gone in for inter-caste marriages during the past two years .

Of the 35 couples, only seven came to collect the allowance.