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Punjab mandates ‘one-dish rule’ for wedding events

The Punjab government, under the leadership of Chief Minister Maryam Nawaz, has reinforced the enforcement of the ‘one-dish rule’ in wedding ceremonies as a means to promote frugality and discourage ostentatious displays among citizens.

The decision was part of a series of resolutions passed during the provincial cabinet session convened on Tuesday.

The Chief Minister sanctioned the reinstatement of free-of-cost medicines for cancer patients, alongside various other measures.

Other measures include:

  • Authorization for issuing Kisan Cards
  • Recommendations for wheat procurement
  • Cash subsidies for small-scale farmers
  • Implementation of a digital monitoring system for the prosecutor department’s performance
  • Enhancements in the standards of First Information Reports (FIR)

Emphasizing the importance of adhering to the one-dish rule, CM Maryam directed strict enforcement at wedding gatherings.

This rule, long in effect in the province, aims to curtail lavish spending at weddings, thereby easing financial burdens on deserving families compelled to conform to extravagant societal norms despite facing economic constraints.

Past instances have seen punitive measures taken against individuals violating this law by indulging in extravagant displays of wealth and serving opulent meals to guests.

Additionally, in a move to conserve energy amidst a worsening power crisis, the federal cabinet had previously decided, in 2022, to impose restrictions on wedding functions in Islamabad, banning them after 10 pm.

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