When it comes to weddings in our multicultural country, there is a huge amount of money involved. From Punjabis to South Indians, each culture has its own customs and rituals and limitations, but one thing that has no limit is the expenditure.
From the extravagant décor to the massive guest list, the ‘show-off’ culture in India is increasing day by day but it might soon change. Why? Because the government might not allow you to do so.
Well, if the Parliament passes a bill which is aimed at limiting wedding expenses, you won’t be able to spend over Rs 5 lakh on weddings. Yes, you read it right. Congress MP Ranjeet Ranjan tabled the bill in Lok Sabha, which sought to put a limit on the number of guests and dishes to be served on a wedding.
And if someone is willing to spend over Rs 5 lakh on a wedding, they will have to contribute 10% of the amount towards marriages of girls of poor families, who cannot afford a wedding.
It is called the Marriages (Compulsory Registration and Prevention of Wasteful Expenditure) Bill, 2016, and might be taken up in the coming session.
Here’s what the bill seeks – ‘If any family intends to spend more than ₹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% of such amount in a welfare fund which shall be established by the appropriate government to assist the poor and Below Poverty Line (BPL) families for the marriage of their daughters’.
So, what do you think about this one?