Punjab government is one of the governments that prioritize women empowerment and it also because of the preaching of Gurus and Saints who focus on equality of women and preached against child marriage, female feticide, sati pratha and illiteracy among women.
Punjab government is actively involved in making women empowered and their lives better through safety and the schemes that government comes up with. One of these schemes is The Shagun scheme, which was started by Punjab government with effect from April 1, 1997. It helps the underprivileged families during the time of their daughter’s marriage. Punjab government has been active on the cause and ensures its timely delivery of benefits.
Every year a lot of families are benefited from this scheme, in the financial year of 2012-13, Punjab government covered 82,267 beneficiaries and in financial year 2013-14 around 81,000 beneficiaries were covered and during the financial year 2014-15 around 60,000 beneficiaries were covered under Shagun Scheme.
Recently, Punjab government has provided Rs98 crore budget for the scheme for the financial year 2015-16.Under the scheme, financial assistance of Rs 15000 is provided to schedule casts, backward class, Christians, economically weaker sector and widows of any casts. It is good to see a government so dedicated to the cause.