New Delhi, February 17: Indian weddings are like festivals, the celebrations and rituals of own kinds, huge get-togethers, supreme blockbusters. From production to budget to the venues, everything is as grand as in a movie. But hold on, In a bid for the betterment and prohibit wastage of expenditure on marriages a bill has been introduced which states that those spending more than Rs 5 lakh to contribute 10 percent of the amount on marriages of girls from poor families.Ranjeet Rajan, an MP from Bihar, has introduced a private bill in Lok Sabha to curb the money spent on lavish weddings. The reason behind introducing this bill is to stop the extravagant spending on weddings. The bill also wants the married couple to register within 60 days of the wedding. If Lok Sabha approves this bill and passes it, the government will decide the number of guests a ceremony will have and how lavish the food spread is.
MP Ranjeet Rajan said that "great importance should be assigned to the solemnization of marriage between two individuals. But unfortunately, these days a tendency of celebrating marriages with pomp and show and spending is lavishly growing in the country. These days, marriages are more about showing off your wealth and as a result, poor families are under tremendous social pressure to spend more. This is needed to be checked as it is not good for society at large," she added.
The Bill seeks that "if any family intends to spend more than Rs 5 lakh towards expenditure on marriage, such family shall declare the amount proposed to be spent in advance to the appropriate government and contribute 10 percent of such amount to a welfare fund which shall be established by the appropriate government to assist the poor and Below Poverty Line families for the marriage of their daughters".
The government may fix the limit of guests and relatives and number of dishes to be served to the guests and relatives for solemnization of marriage or for the reception held thereafter as it may deem necessary or expedient to prevent the wastage of food items, it adds.