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Marriages under Essential Commodities Act!

May 25, 2004 17:14 IST

Marriage ceremonies will never be the same again in Jammu and Kashmir.The state government has brought nuptials of all religious hues under the Essential Commodities Act to prevent wastage of food at wedding feasts.

This Act empowersofficials to regulate the number of guests and menu at any marriage ceremony.

"The ECA of 1955, which was notified in September 1973, has been re-invoked in view of the huge wastage of food involved in marriage feasts across the state," Minister for Public Distribution and Consumer Affairs Taj Mohiuddin told reporters.

The order stipulates that not more than 45 kg each of rice and meat must be consumed at a wedding.The bride's side must not invite more than 75 guests, including 25 baratees. The groomcan invite 50 guests, Mohiuddin said.

The minister said extravagance at marriage feasts has often led to a rise in prices of essential commodities, especially in the wedding season.

A special team of consumer affairs department and police will monitor marriage functions to ensure implementation of the new order.

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Sub: Marred Marriages

Whoever is behind such austerity driven promulgations must remember that India is a "relations country" from time immemmorial.At least the traditional folks do not depend ...

Posted by V.I.G.Menon

Sub: uselessstuff

well its nothing but one more useless act in the kitty of J&K Article 370 is there and now they are trying for autonmy please ...

Posted by akhil

Sub: prevent wastage of food at wedding feasts

The idea to stop food wasteage at weddings is noble indeed!. I have seen starving people hover around community hall dustbins to grab the wasted ...

Posted by Rev.Fr.Adolf Washington

Sub: marriage feasts under scanner

This is highly undemocratic and unconstitutional amendment; very soon it will be struck down by the courts.

Posted by janips

Sub: Thumbs down.....

My good God, so now govt. wants to decide how many guests i should call in marriage & what should be the menu. Absolute crap ...

Posted by Siddhartha Shrivastava



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