Congress MP Ranjeet Ranjan has introduced a bill in the Parliament which will check the “show of wealth” during marriage ceremonies. The bill known as “The Marriages (Compulsory Registration and Prevention of Wasteful Expenditure) Bill, 2016” says that if on a wedding, a family spends over Rs 5 lakh then 10 per cent of the total amount will be contributed towards the marriage of girls from poor families.
The bill is likely to be taken up in the Lok Sabha during the Budget session of Parliament which will resume on March 9.
The bill which aims to limit the number of guests and relatives and even the number of dishes being served to the guests has been approved by the president and the cabinet.
According to the bill proposed by Ranjan, wife of MP Pappu Yadav, families intending to spend over Rs 5 lakh should declare the proposed expenditure to an authority and 10 per cent of the expenditure should be deposited in a welfare fund, which would be the government to facilitate marriages of poor girls.
“There can be a welfare fund which will be established by the appropriate government to assist the poor and Below Poverty Line families for the marriage of their daughters”, said Ranjan.
“I have seen it in Bihar, Punjab and at other places that how people spend lavishly during weddings as if it is a competition. Leave alone other expenses, even the food items which get wasted can feed hundreds and thousands of people,” she added.