Odisha Sumangal Portal

With changing times, people’s adherence to rudimentary and traditional approaches to several aspects of life has begun to loosen up. Marriage has been one such traditional aspect that is experiencing change. People are now supportive of inter-caste marriages and the focus has now gotten to having two willing individuals hitched, as opposed to the traditional idea of having two individuals from the same caste, creed, or religion.

The government of Odisha has also shown interest in this change and has launched an intercaste marriage scheme to promote such marriages in society. The scheme goes by the name Odisha Sumangal portal.

What is the Odisha Sumangal Portal all about?

The Odisha Sumangal portal aims to rid off the social stigma of caste differences and aims to bring in a sense of uniformity among its citizens. The main objective of the scheme is to encourage and offer a platform for social integration and actively work towards the removing untouchability from all walks of life.

Cash incentives will also be offered to willing citizens to go forth with intercaste marriages, as traditional families might hold up finances to avoid the wilful union of two people intending to start a family together.

Registration procedure of the Odisha Intercaste marriage scheme

In order to avail the benefits of the Odisha Intercaste marriage scheme, the following procedure needs to be followed:

  • Once the homepage loads, click on the option that reads, “Register here”
  • If you are revisiting this website and have already registered before, then you would ideally just have to login by entering your phone number, password, OTP, and the captcha code that comes up
  • The registration form will display on your screen right when you click on “register here”
  • Enter the details that pertain to you
  • Enter your name, phone number, password, address, district, block, city, and several other details.
  • Enter the captcha code
  • Click on register

Who can benefit from the Odisha Sumangala scheme?

  1. The marriage should be valid as per the law and duly registered under the Hindu Marriage act 1955
  2. Both the spouses should be citizens of India and should be permanent residents of Odisha and should be professing the Hindu religion
  3. One of the spouses should belong to the scheduled castes as defined under Article 341 of the constitution of India
  4. The grant will be offered only once – which means that it will be applicable for a couple marrying for the first time. Exceptions will be made in case the bride is a widow or the groom is a widower, which should be clearly mentioned in the marriage registration certificate.
  5. No incentive is available on a second marriage or subsequent marriage.

Documents needed for the scheme

  1. Scanned photocopy of the registered marriage certificate
  2. Scanned photocopy of caste certificate of both spouses stating the community and the sub-caste to which they belong
  3. Scanned joint photo of the couple
  4. Scanned copy of Declaration form duly signed: Annexure-II and Annexure-IV
  5. Scanned photocopy of the joint bank passbook of the couple in any governmental or nationalized bank

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The state governments of India are the next important government bodies right after the central government of the country. The state governments constitute 28 states and 8 union territories

India is a democratic and republic country wherein highest authorities and powers are proffered to the central government. For the state government, real executive powers are given to Chief Minister as he is responsible for heading the Council of Ministers. The state governments of India work toward internal security, such as police department, social welfare, public health betterment and other similar state-related issues. The state government of the country earns its employee income from sales tax services, stamp duty services, and from some parts of GST.

The state governments have launched a variety of schemes so far. Some of the examples are as follows:

In Andhra Pradesh, Chandranna Bima Yojana, National Energy Efficient Agriculture Pumps Program, and Smart Pulse Survey have been launched. In Assam, Mass Rapid Transit System has been recently launched. In Maharashtra, Police Pratisaad Ask services and various schemes for the betterment of farmers have been launched. In Karnataka, PM Santwana Harish Yojana, and Housing scheme for Transgenders have been launched. In Uttar Pradesh, Deen Dayal Upadhyay Gram Jyoti Yojana, Hausla Paushan scheme, and Swadhar Greh yojana have been launched.

The state government of India monitors both rural and urban development. However, it is not feasible for the state government to monitor all rural and urban local government bodies. Thus, based on the provided funding and coverage, rural and urban local entities create development plan whenever required. These government entities work in close association with planning commission and local or regional government sectors and authorities.

Apart from these schemes, the state government also ensures the effective implementation of centrally sponsored schemes in respective states.