As a reward to its assured vote bank and to consolidate its vote bank share further, the BJP government has launched two new schemes 'Arundhati' and 'Maitreyi' under which financial assistance will be given to 'Brahmin' brides from poor financial background.

Under 'Arundhati' scheme, a Brahim girl will get Rs 25,000 during her marriage. Under 'Maitreyi' scheme, a bond assurance of Rs 3 lakh will be given to the bride.

However, these two schemes come with a set of conditions.

One - the girl has to marry a Brahmin groom and to get the Rs 3 lakh the girl has to marry a priest from the same community.

The scheme is not applicable for second marriage.

As per the Brahmin Development Board, 500 such girls from economically weaker sections have been already selected as they are under the bracket of marriageable age.

As a pilot project under 'Maitreyi' the board has selected 25 brides willing to marry Brahim priest.

As per HS Sachidananda Murthy, chairman, Brahmin Development Board, the married couple will also be required to give an undertaking that they would remain in the sacred bond for a long time to reap the benefits of the scheme.

It was HDK's brainchild:

The scheme was first mooted by HD Kumaraswamy after coming to power in 2018.

He had proposed to set aside Rs 25 crore, but it took shape after BS Yediyurappa came to power and the scheme was launched in July 2020.

In the past Karnataka former CM like Devraj Urs, CM Siddaramaiah also had set up such boards to appease a particular section or the community.