Harsh opposes guest control, others welcome decision

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Feb 23: There has been mixed response to Government’s decision on guest control.  While some organizations supported the decision some have questioned the same saying the order violates the fundamental rights of the people.
Criticizing the State Government for grossly failing to live up to the expectations of the people, Harsh Dev Singh Chairman, JKNPP and former Minister condemned the ruling alliance for issuing absurd orders to divert the attention of the public from its mal- governance, and misrule. He was referring to the recent ‘Guest Control Order’ issued by the Food Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs Department, (FCS&CAD) which he said defied all logic and rationale besides being violative of fundamental rights of citizens.
Addressing the media, Harsh Dev ridiculed the issuance of Order No 39-FCS &CA of 2017 to be implemented with effect from  April, 1 this year  as absurd, whimsical and freakish. He said that the order had put a capping on the number of guests to be invited in the weddings, on the number of vegetarian and non –vegetarian dishes cooked at marriage functions besides complete ban on sending dry fruits, sweets with invitation cards by any person to relatives, friends and guests. He further said that the deviant order also banned the use of amplifiers, loud speakers, profuse lighting and fire crackers in all such social and private functions.
Terming the recently issued Guest Control Order as farcical and ludicrous, Singh said that the State Government seemed to have lost its political acumen and the maverick regime had now started poking its nose into private life of the citizens. He said that the coalition of diametrically opposite poles had gone berserk by outlandishly interfering in the rituals and customs of the varied communities which only showcased that the present government had lost its track and become mentally bankrupt.
Criticizing the Government decision senior VHP leader, Dr Rama Kant Dubey said that the order was issued in haste as the Government was supposed to consult the socio-political leaders heads of various religious and social bodies and ascertain their views about the same.
He said the order was issued in haste and it will meet the same fate which earlier order issued by the Government met. He said though religious and social organizations are opposed to lavish spending in social functions like marriages but at the same time the Government has no right to curb the fundamental rights of the people.
He said the socio-religious organisations working for the welfare of society are fully aware of social evils prevalent in society and had they been taken on bard before issuing the order they could have guided the Government in a better way.
However All Biradri/ Sabha Coordination Committee termed the decision of the Government as a result of their protracted struggle in this regard. However the Committee in a handout issued here today said before taking the decision the Biradaris should have also been taken into confidence.
Committee organizer Vinod Gupta said no doubt the order will prove a milestone in ending the lavish spending in the marriage but he stressed that the decision should become a part of Legislation in the State.
All India Backward Classes Union (AIBCU) while welcoming the decision said the Government should implement the same in letter and spirit so that the poor people can heave a sigh of relief. Besides the Union in its meeting held under the chairmanship of Abdul Majid Malik demanded that a complete check be maintained on banquet halls whose management is charging very high fares from the people.
The meeting was attended by Prof Kali Dass  and M R Bangotra also.