FACE TO FACE WITH CH. ZULFIKAR ALI

YoungBites. Dated: 4/27/2017 12:38:21 AM


'Guest Control Order' its implementation aimed to make a better society: Ch. Zulfikar


Implementation of "Guest Control Order" will help in curbing expenses in marriages are for the society's welfare, says Minister for Food and Civil Supplies Zulfkar Ali. He was interacting with the Young Bites, exclusively after the implementation of this act in state.
VIJAY GUPTA Jammu, APR 26 VG: Is there any problem after the implementation of this act in our state? ZA: There is no problem, after the government has implemented this act in the state. Though, I want to assure the people that if anyone is facing any problem, he can contact us. The Guest Control Order is not a gospel truth which cannot be changed. It is in an evolutionary phase and we can make necessary changes in it. If suggestions seem genuine, they would surely be incorporated in the order to make it better. VG: What was the need to implement this act in our state? ZA: First, the people have to understand that 'Guest Control Order' is an initiative taken for their welfare, and making its implementation a success would help to make a better society. Shrinking the big fat Kashmiri wedding and other opulent functions, the government want to impose curbs on expenses, the guest list and dishes to be served on such occasions. It had also put a ban on the use of amplifiers, loud speakers and fire crackers at such events in the state. The order will be implemented from April 1. VG: In the initial stage, there is hue and cry from many social and political organizations, why? ZA: It is true that some social and political organizations has criticized us over the implementation of this act but I want to make it clear that the government has no intention to interfere in someone's religious belief, it is for the welfare of everyone from Hindu to Muslim to Sikh or Christian. It is also true that the act was a necessity as the people from all quarters have been complaining about the menace of extravagant expenditure on social functions, especially marriage ceremonies. Concept of marriage is to bring joy in the family, not to give sleepless nights to the parents. Due to societal compulsions, majority of the families are forced to exhaust all their savings only to follow the trend set by some affluent. This act is a respite for the majority population who suffer in the race to match the elites. VG: What is your message for the people? ZA: I want to assure the people that we all have to work together to weed out evils from the society. So it is not only me but also the duty of other leaders of the civil societies to make a conscious effort to raise awareness among masses. According to the 'Guest Control Order', the number of guests to be invited on the marriage of daughter including baraat should be restricted to a maximum of 500 and on that of son, it should not exceed 400. The order was finalised so that the interests of everyone from catering business to banquet hall owners are taken care off.

 

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