In a move to curb the dowry system, the state government has asked all its employees, including IAS and IPS officers, to submit a declaration to their respective appointing authority or head of the department, soon after their marriage, saying that they have not taken any dowry.
A proposal to issue a similar directive to all elected representatives is also under consideration of the government.
In a letter written to the human resources development ministry, the government has informed about various steps taken by it to deal with the dowry menace with an iron fist.
It has also been decided to observe November 26 as the Anti-Dowry Day on the recommendation of the National Women Commission. A circular to all departments and educational institutions is being sent to observe the day in a big way to create awareness against dowry.
Though directives for taking oath on not giving or taking dowry were issued in 2004, efforts were now being made afresh for its strict implementation in colleges, universities and other government bodies.