New Lok Sabha Bill to Curb Lavish Weddings – No More Big Fat Weddings!
Before spending on marriage, now keep in check the expenditure and if you wish to spend then go through the new bill declared by the Lok Sabha.
A recent bill introduced in Lok Sabha regarding the extravagant spending on the Indian Marriages seeks to put a cap on the number of guests invited or the number of dishes being served at a wedding. According to PTI, there will be a check on “show of wealth”. And, those who will be spending above Rs. 5 lakh on a wedding they have to contribute 10% of the amount on marriages of the girls from poor or low-income families.
According to the Bill introduced by Congress MP Ranjeet Ranjan, wife of MP Pappu Yadav, the Marriages (Compulsory Registration and Prevention of Wasteful Expenditure) Bill, 2016, may be taken up as a private member’s Bill in the upcoming Lok Sabha session.
Ranjeet told PTI, “It is an action to prohibit extravagant and wasteful expenditure on marriages and to enforce simpler solemnisation.” She stated, “Great importance should be assigned to the solemnisation of marriage between two individuals. But unfortunately, these days a tendency of celebrating weddings with pomp and show and spending lavishly growing in the country.” She also said,
Ranjeet also said, “These days, marriages are more about showing off your wealth, and as a result, needy families are under tremendous social pressure to spend more. This is needed to be checked as it is not good for society at large.”
The bill elaborates that in any instances if any family aspires to spend more than Rs. 5 lakh expenditure on marriage, such family shall declare or needs to be reported to the amount proposed to be paid in advance to the appropriate government and contribute 10 per cent of such amount in a welfare fund. The suitable government will then utilize this collected amount in to assist the poor, underprivileged families, and below Poverty Line families for the marriage of their daughters.
After this proposed legislation comes into force or proposed, all marriages shall be registered within 60 days of the solemnization.
It is also reported that the government may fix the limit of guests and relatives and number of dishes to be served to contribute for solemnisation of marriage or for the reception held after that as it may deem necessary or expedient to prevent the wastage of food items.