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Proposed Lok Sabha bill to prevent extravagant and wasteful expenditure in weddings: Pros and Cons
Posted:Feb 17, 2017
 
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Congress MP Ranjeet Ranjan, wife of Bihar MP Pappu Yadav, has proposed a bill in the Lok Sabha seeking to introduce a limit on the number of guests one can invite and dishes that can be served in weddings. The aim is to “prevent extravagant and wasteful expenditure” in weddings and for more well-to-do citizens to contribute towards the weddings of girls from poorer families.
According to a PTI report, the Marriages (Compulsory Registration and Prevention of Wasteful Expenditure) Bill, 2016 — as it is called — may be taken up as a private member’s Bill in the upcoming Lok Sabha session.
The bill states that if a family spends above Rs 5 lakh on a wedding, it should contribute 10 per cent of that amount for marriages of girls from poor families. The idea is that families intending to spend over Rs 5 lakh should declare the proposed expenditure and 10 per cent of that amount would be claimed and deposited in a welfare fund to be set up by the government to facilitate marriages of poor girls. Understandably, such a Robinhood bill would evoke mixed reactions.
 
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Indian Express, February 17, 2017 
 
 
 
 
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