New Bill In Lok Sabha: Penalty On Spending Over 5 Lakhs In Marriage


Are marriages are all about to spend a lot to make a grand show by putting more money? If you think yes, what impact this trend have on society? As congress lawmaker Ranjeet Ranjan, wife of Bihar politician Pappu Yadav has introduced a private member bill in lok Sabha and if it passed this bill will impact those who want to spend more than 5 lakh on wedding function to make it grand.

The bill introduced in lok Sabha seeks to put a limit on the number of guests and the dishes to be served in a wedding to check the wealth and those want to spend above 5 lakh have to contribute towards the marriage of poor girls. She says this bill will curb the show of wealth and prevent unnecessary extravagance which is not a good trend in society.

This bill seeks that anyone spending more than 5 lakh on their wedding function or even on marriage of their family members will have to contribute 10 percent of the excess amount towards the marriage of poor girls or who live below poverty line.
Speaking to news agency outside the parliament Ms. Rajan said,” the main purpose of this bill is to prohibit extravagant wealth and wasteful expenditure on marriages and enforce simple glorification.

The bill is named as Marriage Bill 2016 in which registration is compulsory to prevent wasteful expenditure is likely to be taken up in upcoming budget session of lok Sabha which will resume after a break on March 9.

Congress MP Ranjeet Ranjan, wife of MP Pappu Yadav said, “Now a day’s marriage functions are mainly about showing off your wealth and as a result of these poor families are under tremendous social pressure to spend more. This trend is necessarily needed to be checked as it is not good for society at all.”

More importance in marriage should be assigned to solemnization of marriages between two individual souls than that of the show off but unfortunately these days tendency of celebrating marriage functions among peoples with a high pomp and show is the reason of spending lavishly growing in India.

This bill seeks that if any family want to spend more than 5 lakh towards the marriage expenditure than such families shall declare the amount proposed to be spent to the appropriate government in advance and contribute 10 per cent of such amount in a welfare fund to assist the poor and Below Poverty Line families for the marriage of their daughters which shall be established by the appropriate government.”

As this bill come into force all marriages shall be registered within 60 days of solemnization. However, the government will 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 to curb the wastage of food items.

In India people have the right to decide,  how they want to spend their money and any cap on personal expenditure enforced by government is an undemocratic move. If this bill approved not only this but the bill will slow down the entire wedding industry that provide employment to thousand of candidates every year. On an approximation the marriage industry in India is worth over 1 lakh crore and this percentage is probably increasing at the rate of 25-30% every year. On the other hand one more reality check of our society is that not only rich people spend crore on their marriage but poor and middle class families also get squeezed with whatever savings they have and thousand of family fails to arrange wedding of their daughters in shortage of money. Show off wealth is a big social malaise of our society.

While the rich can do all these easily with their family but in this show off trend poor and middle class families end up with all the expenditure after education and health of their children. If this bill is formed into law would help country like India in changing the perceptions about marriage.


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