THIS IS UP government way to fight the dowry menace. And for once, nobody is complaining. At least for now.
In a directive to all its employees, including IAS and IPS officers, the government has asked all would be grooms to do get married but sans dowry. The violators are liable to be punished, the directive says.
The employees have been asked to submit a signed declaration to their respective appointing authority or head of the department soon after their marriage saying they have not taken any dowry!
A proposal bringing all elected representatives also in the fold is under active consideration of the State Government. The State government has listed these steps to deal with the scourge in a letter written to the Human Resources Development Ministry. Apart from directives to its employees, the government, on the recommendation of the National Woman Commission, also plans to observe November 26 as ‘Anti Dowry Day’. A circular to all departments and educational institutions is being sent to observe the day in a big way to create awareness among the people against dowry.
Though directives for taking oath on not giving or taking dowry were issued in 2004, efforts are now being made afresh for its strict implementation in colleges, universities and other government bodies.
And to assist the ‘anti-dowry officers’, advisory boards have been constituted in 65 districts of the state while the process to set up the board in the remaining 5 districts is on.
The district probation officer has been nominated to function as the anti-dowry officer in all the districts.
Director, Woman Welfare, has been made the chief anti-dowry officer with the responsibility of coordinating with the anti-dowry officers in this regard.
But there is a hitch. All are supposed to work against dowry in every possible manner but without any funds or budget for the same!