Son’s wedding: IAS officer sets example of austerity

P. Basanth Kumar spent ₹16,100 on his daughter’s marriage last year

Published - February 08, 2019 12:26 am IST - VISAKHAPATNAM

In the era of high-profile garish weddings on which crores are being spent, IAS officer P. Basanth Kumar is setting an example as to how austere solemnising marriages can be.

Mr. Basanth Kumar, Commissioner of Visakhapatnam Metropolitan Region Development Authority (VMRDA) is performing his son’s wedding with a total expenditure of ₹36,000. Of it, his share of spending will be ₹18,000, while the other half will be borne by the bride’s family.

A year ago, Mr. Basanth Kumar also performed his daughter’s wedding with equal simplicity by spending just ₹16,100.

Governor to attend satsang

The ‘sagai’, wedding and reception is scheduled to be organised on Sunday preceded by a satsang on Friday, following the tenets of Radhasoami Satsang head-quartered at Dayalbagh under the supervision of Param Guru Prem Saran Satsangi. The expenditure will be done as prescribed by the Satsang. Mr. Basanth Kumar, a fourth generation follower of the Satsang. Governor of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh E.S.L. Narsimhan and his wife Vimala will attend the satsang.

“My relationship with the Governor is that of an employer and an employee,” said Mr. Basanth Kumar who served as a Joint Secretary to the Governor for eight years.

Speaking about the arrangements, Mr. Basanth Kumar said the wedding card cost less than ₹5 and limited invitations were extended to 65 families from the bride’s side and 35 from the groom’s side.

The wedding will be a community affair with all the 200 families living in the Dayalnagar Colony are participating. Since eight days prior to the wedding, they have been providing flowers and vegetables grown there and would be paid for it. The sweets and snacks for the guests at the ‘Satsang’ and ‘Sagai’ cost up to ₹8 per head and the cost of wedding and reception meals costs ₹20 each.

However, more than the prescribed number can be treated at home, he said.

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