Hyderabad: The minority department officials have gone into an overdrive to implement the “Shaadi Mubarak” scheme and 79% of the Rs 100 crore budget approved by the Telangana government remains unutilised.
Omer Jaleel, the special secretary for the minority welfare department said, “Inadequacy of staff post bifurcation turned out to be a big challenge for us. Our work force is nearly 30 % deficient”,. “Officials are putting in extra hours to expedite processing of application”.
“We will print 10,000 informative posters of the scheme and put them at suitable places to raise awareness”, he said. “Substantial groundwork is being done to create awareness”.
“We have commissioned 40 people to assist potential beneficiaries who are either illiterate or unaware of the scheme. The biggest hurdle is the lack of proper documents”, he said.
“The CM has already ordered to pass a GO which will solve the problem of missing identify proofs.
“The GO will allow applicants to produce an authorised declaration instead of the birth certificate”, he said. He also assured that “the unutilised budget will be rolled on to the next fiscal year and more officials will be commissioned”.
The target of 20,000 marriages in a six-month duration originally planned by the minority welfare Department, only 4,204 application have been received. And SC and ST community for whom the scheme is labelled “Kalayana Lakshmi”, 2,964 and 1,402 applications have been received with 1,355 and 650 sanctions respectively.