A scheme proposed by the Assam's State Linguistic Minority Development Board under which the Bengali Hindus who marry to Assamese Hindus could get the Rs 40 thousand each as financial assistance, Times of India reported.
According to the media reports, Chairman Alok Kumar Ghose said, “Couples in inter-community marriages are often deprived of property rights, besides facing a social boycott. We intend to assist such couples in setting up shops, beauty salons and also in farming.”
“The proposal was submitted to the State Government two days ago,” he added.
All Assam Bengali Youth Students Federation president Samrat Bhowal said his organisation would back any initiative to remove “mistrust” between the Bengalis and Assamese. “There have been some incidents of late that have created mistrust between the two communities. This (the offer of financial assistance to inter-community Hindu couples) is a timely approach, and we welcome it.”