Odisha Hikes the Incentive to Discourage Child Marriages of Tribal Girls

Bhubaneswar: The government of Odisha has taken another step to prevent child marriages in the state. The government has doubled the monetary incentive for doing ‘late marriage’ of the children. It has been raised to Rs 20,000 from 10, 000, which was earlier raised in 2020 for the second time from 2, 000 rupees. This incentive was started in the year 2018-19 by the Odisha government with an amount of Rs. 2,000 to prohibit child marriages in remote areas and tribal communities of the state.

This has taken one more positive step forward for the eradication of the illegal practice by providing the monetary stimulus after a noticeable positive result.

OPELIP Director P Arthanari said it ia the responsibility of the village development committees  to identify about 180 girls from the Particularly Vulnerable Tribal Groups (PVTG) in their respective areas who have married after the age of 18. The credentials of the girls will be verified by the Sarpanch of that particular village and after authenticating with  an age certificate the amount of  20,000 will be transferred to the bank account of the girl by Odisha PVTG Empowerment and and Livelihoods Improvement Programme (OPELIP). This provision is applicable only for the girls belonging to the Particularly Vulnerable Tribal Groups (PVTGs) in Odisha.