Ranjeet Rajan, an MP from Bihar, has introduced a private bill in Lok Sabha to curb the money spent on lavish weddings.
Remember the ridiculously lavish wedding one Andhra man threw in the middle of demonetization?
The wedding was worth almost 500 crore rupees. People were wondering how in the hell did he get the money to spend on it when they were struggling to get just 2000 rupees from the ATMs.
And not just that, people use Indian weddings to show off their social status. Themed weddings and pre-wedding shoots and what not.
A bill, introduced in Lok Sabha, wants to put a limit to the money people spend on weddings. It also seeks to put a limit on the number of guests invited to a wedding.
The bill basically wants to put a check on the ‘show of wealth’ people do when they arrange a wedding.
In short – if you spend more than 5 lakhs on a wedding ceremony, you have to donate 10 percent of that to a wedding of a girl from a poor family.
The reason MP Ranjeet Rajan introduced this bill is to stop the extravagant spending on weddings.
She says in a country like India, this kind of show of wealth puts a lot of pressure on poor people to spend less.
“These days, marriages are more about showing off your wealth. This is needed to be checked as it is not good for society at large.”
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.
How the Government will keep a track of the catering services of the million weddings across the country, we do not know.
But one thing is for sure – weddings are going to get a bit more interesting and even innovative with the government raiding it to check the expenditure.
News Source – Economic Times