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Bill to curb extravagant weddings (Relevant for GS Prelims and GS Mains Paper I and II)

About the bill
A Bill in the LokSabha seeks to put a limit on the number of guests to be invited and dishes to be served in weddings to check “show of wealth” and wants those spending above Rs. 5 lakh to contribute towards marriages of poor girls.

If a family spends above Rs. 5 lakh on a wedding, it has to contribute 10% of the amount on marriages of girls from poor families, according to the Bill introduced by Congress MP Ranjeet Ranjan, wife of MP Pappu Yadav. 

As the bill is introduced by opposition member, it is a private bill.

The Marriages (Compulsory Registration and Prevention of Wasteful Expenditure) Bill, 2016, may be taken up as a private member’s Bill in the coming session.

Rationale behind the bill
1. The purpose of this Bill is to prohibit extravagant and wasteful expenditure on marriages and to enforce simpler solemnisation.

2. These days, marriages are more about showing off your wealth and as a result, poor families are under tremendous social pressure to spend more. 

Welfare fund to be established
The Bill seeks that “if any family intends to spend more than Rs. 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 families for the marriage of their daughters.”
 



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