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<h3><strong>Long wait for 2,300 couples</strong></h3>
<li>In Punjab, more than 2,300 couples yet to get a grant of Rs 50,000 for the past six years</li>
<li>State government fails to release matching grant</li>
<li>It is a 50:50 sharing scheme of the Union and state governments</li>
<li>The object of the scheme is to diminish caste consciousness among people and encourage inter-caste marriages</li>
<li>One of the spouse should be SC to get the benefit</li>
<p><span class="storyText"><strong>Jupinderjit Singh & Sushil Goyal</strong></span></p>
<p><strong>Tribune News Service</strong></p>
<p><strong>Chandigarh/Sangrur, January 1</strong></p>
<p><span class="storyText">Hind Kumar, a Dalit youth, and his wife, belonging to an Arora family, had a reason to cheer amid fears when they tied the knot against the wishes of their families in May 2012 at Sangrur. They were to get a special grant of Rs 50,000 for the inter-caste marriage.</span></p>
<p><span class="storyText">The grant was to be equally shared by the Centre and state governments as part of a scheme to encourage inter-caste marriages. But even after two-and-a-half-years of their marriage, the couple is yet to receive the grant. Hind Kumar said he had spent a lot of money from his pocket to visit the District Welfare Office, Sangrur, to know the status of his case.Another Dalit youth, Shakti, who married a Jat Sikh girl, has met the same fate. There are more than 2,300 such couples who have not received the promised incentive since January 2008.The initial amount to be given to a couple under the joint scheme of the Centre and the state governments was Rs 25,000. </span></p>
<p><span class="storyText">It was hiked to Rs 50,000 in 2011, but still no payments have been made.Sources in the Social Welfare Department say the Union Government has been releasing funds regularly for the scheme, but the state government has failed to release the matching grant. The state government has kept the Centre’s share in the unspent fund, reveal sources.“We may get Rs 6 crore to be distributed among inter-caste couples,” said an official of the Social Welfare Department refusing to comment on reasons behind the delayed payments.An RTI activist from Hoshiarpur, Jai Gopal Dhiman, who is fighting for the cause of the inter-caste couples for the past three years, said: “The government keeps on promising that the funds will be released soon, but in vain. It is a mockery of the system. </span></p>
<p><span class="storyText">The government announces incentives for encouraging inter-caste and inter-faith marriages, but delays incentive.”He said the maximum number of beneficiaries were from Hoshiarpur. There are more than 300 such couples in the district, he said.“I have visited the District Welfare Office some 30 times during past five years to know the status of my case. Officials say they have not received funds from the Centre,” said Shakti, a Dalit youth from Sangrur.To get the benefit of the scheme, both the spouses should be residents of the state and one of them should be from the Scheduled Caste community.</span></p>
" data-medium-file="" data-large-file="" class="size-medium wp-image-47489" src="http://cdn2.trueactivist.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/el-chapo-2-400x199.jpg" alt="Photo: YouTube" width="400" height="199" />The elusive drug kingpin Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman was recaptured again last week after escaping from prison and spending several months on the run.
El Chapo runs the Sinaloa Cartel, one of the most brutal and wealthy drug cartels in the world. He has actually been captured by Mexican police on two different occasions and was able to escape each time with little problem.
Mexican officials announced after the arrest that they may agree to extradite Guzman to the US where he will face numerous charges. Guzman may have been able to continue evading authorities, however, he recently decided to record an interview for Rolling Stone with actor Sean Penn, and this meeting ultimately led to his capture.
The interview was actually extremely insightful and showed a side of El Chapo that the world has never seen before.
In the interview, Guzman explained, “Well, from the time I was 15 and after, where I come from, which is the municipality of Badiraguato, I was raised in a ranch named La Tuna, in that area, and up until today, there are no job opportunities. The only way to have money to buy food, to survive, is to grow poppy, marijuana, and at that age, I began to grow it, to cultivate it and to sell it. That is what I can tell you.”
Somehow, authorities were able to track the movements of the crew that interviewed El Chapo and were able to gather some details about his possible whereabouts.
Government agents in the US and Mexico may celebrate the capture of El Chapo, but his arrest will change nothing about the drug trade, and he will simply be replaced by many more who are drawn in by the massive incentive that is created by prohibition. As long as drugs are illegal, there will be an illegal drug trade, and there will be kingpins who are willing to risk their lives to make a fortune.
“The day I don’t exist, it’s not going to decrease in any way at all,” Guzman said in the interview.