Shagun Scheme – A Financial Assistance to Girl Child

Shagun scheme, managed by the Department of Welfare of Scheduled Caste and Backward Classes and powered by the Government of Punjab, is not just helping the girls from Scheduled castes, Christian community, backward classes and other economically weaker strata, it is a blessing to their families as well for them to be able to perform the weddings of their daughters with dignity.

The Shagun scheme, started by the Government of Punjab with effect from April 1, 1997, played a vital role in helping the underprivileged families at the time of marriage of their daughters. To ensure timely delivery of benefits, 100% amount under this welfare scheme is being credited to the accounts of beneficiaries using online banking management system.

An amount of Rs. 5100/- was given to the parents/ guardians of girls belonging to Scheduled Caste and to the widows/ divorcees of Punjab domicile under the Shagun scheme on the occasion of their marriage w.e.f. 1-4-1997 subject to the condition that annual income of parents/ guardians from all sources does not exceed Rs. 16,000/-. The scope of the scheme was extended to Christian girls at the time of their marriage w.e.f. 1-9-1997 on the same terms and conditions.

The scheme was renamed as Ashirwad from 26-1-2004 and under this scheme the amount of shagun was enhanced from Rs. 5100/- to Rs. 6100/- for Scheduled Caste/Christian girls and daughters of widows of any caste at the time of their marriages. From 1-4-2006, the rate of financial assistance was enhanced from Rs. 6100/- to Rs. 15000/-. The amount was given only to the parents/guardians of Scheduled Castes/Christians daughters and daughters of widows of any caste at the time of their marriage w.e.f. 1-4-2011 subject to the condition that annual income of the parents/guardians from all sources does not exceed Rs. 30,000/-. This benefit is extended to widows/divorcees at the time of their re-marriage [1].

As per the revised norms, the benefit is given to those families at the time of marriage of their daughters who fulfill the following conditions:

  • Financial assistance of Rs. 15,000/- is given to Scheduled Castes/Christian girls, Backward Classes/Castes, Economically weaker section girls, daughters of widows of any caste at the time of their marriage and Scheduled Castes widows/divorcees at the time of their re-marriage.
  • That the girl should be 18 years old or above.
  • That the annual income of the family from all sources does not exceed Rs. 32,790/- w.e.f. 13-2-2014.
  • Under this scheme the applicant will have to submit his application for getting financial assistance in prescribed proforma before the date of marriage or within 30 days of the marriage of the girl.
  • Parents/guardians of the girl should be domiciles of Punjab State.
  • The amount of shagun is limited upto two girls of concerned family under shagun scheme.

Previously, payment was made to the concerned beneficiaries through PLA cheques, through the concerned district welfare officers. The disbursement of financial assistance (Shagun) has been started through online banking management system directly in the accounts of beneficiaries from January, 2012, which has been proved very successful method and in favour of poor beneficiaries that cut down delay and harassment of beneficiaries.

Documents that need to be submitted while applying for the service are as under:

  • Proof of residence /domicile
  • Document with self declaration of annual income of the family
  • Proof of date of Birth
  • Verified form by the Sarpanch / Gazetted officer / Panch / Nambardar / Ward Councillor / President Nagar Conceal / Mayor / MLA
  • Proof of Below Poverty Line (if applicable)




National Family Benefit Scheme (NFBS) – Punjab Portal

The National Social Assistance Programme (NSAP) which came into effect from 15th August, 1995 represents a significant step towards the fulfillment of the Directive Principles given in Article 41 of the Constitution. The programme introduced a National Policy for Social Assistance for the poor and aims at ensuring minimum national standard for social assistance in addition to the benefits that states are currently providing or might provide in future [1]. NSAP at present comprises of Indira Gandhi National Old Age Pension Scheme (IGNOAPS), Indira Gandhi National Widow Pension Scheme (IGNWPS), Indira Gandhi National Disability Pension Scheme (IGNDPS), National Family Benefit Scheme (NFBS) and Annapurna Scheme.


The National Family Benefit Scheme (NFBS) aims to provide immediate assistance to those Below Poverty Line (BPL) families whose lone bread earner expires due to natural or accidental cause [2]. This scheme was funded entirely by the Government of India under centrally sponsored scheme till 2002-2003. Thereafter, it was shifted to State Sector and is currently in vogue under the same pattern. The instant Scheme is being implemented by the Department of Social Security throughout the state.

Under the NFBS, one time financial assistance of Rs.10000/ is being paid to the BPL family of deceased and which is having no substantial source of income thereafter. The clause here is that the deceased bread earner should be in the age group of 18-64 years.

Documents required at the time of submission of application are as under:

  • Death certificate of bread earner
  • Self-declaration document from the applicant

To apply online for National Family Benefit Scheme, Click Here



Services for Life

Transforming the model of interaction between government and the public, government’s online services can act as a catalyst. The Punjab Portal fulfills basic requirement of the user to understand different types of services provided by the Government of Punjab. As a part of National e-Governance plan, variety of services offered by the Punjab Government is now being brought to you through State Service Delivery Gateway. Sewa Kendra is now authorized to receive service request from Citizen like you and submit them electronically to the departments for verification and processing. Even Citizen himself / herself can apply for the services through online or offline mode. Adoption of E-Governance would support to bring government machinery to the doorsteps of the citizens.

There are two ways available in the Portal to get the benefits of this service. User can apply either Online or Offline. Offline mode consists of submitting the filled form to the concern office along with the attached documents. Online mode gives easy methodology to apply. To avoid the hassle of visiting concerned office again and again, online method gives step by step status report of the application. There are different scenarios for the citizen in terms of locality like user from Urban areas or from Rural areas of Punjab. With the help of internet, even citizens from rural areas can apply online without any difficulty.

Refer to the below images for quick overview of Online & Offline mode procedure.

Online Mode Procedure:

online process

Offline Mode Procedure:

offline process

Motive of our portal is to provide easy online procedure to apply for the service. That is why we made our portal so user friendly that even less literate people can navigate through and avail the service.

Note: Before applying for the service we recommend citizens to go through the user manual thoroughly.

e-Governance in Punjab – Doorstep Towards Success

Today with the revolution of information and communication technologies, our lives are fundamentally changed by mobile phones, computers affecting the way we work, learn and interact. Governments all around the world have started feeling the power of e-Governance and are taking initiatives to implement it. e-Governance in India has steadily evolved from computerization of government departments to initiatives that encapsulate finer points of Governance.

Working in this direction, with the great initiative of the Hon’ble Deputy Chief Minister of Punjab, Sh. Sukhbir Singh Badal, the Government of Punjab proudly launched the Punjab Portal, an important step towards promoting e-Governance in Punjab. This can improve the efficiency of government to deliver its services, strengthen citizen-government relationship and most importantly lead to cost savings of citizens as well as the government.

The portal offers to create a comprehensive and distinct platform for all citizens of Punjab. It rigorously follows the vision of National e-Governance Plan that states “Making all the government services and information easily accessible to everyone”.

This portal provides an entrance to the world of Digital Punjab. It is user-friendly – that means we have taken care of every aspect of what information users want and in the format in which they would require it. We intend providing complete updates of the portal and important happenings in the Punjab Government through a fortnightly newsletter.

As on date, there are 62 services running online under eleven departments of the Government of Punjab. This portal has complete information on the latest happenings in the state and also provides the history along with importance of Punjab in the socio-economic sectors of the nation.

The portal is accessible from the following URL: