Jharkhand witnessed its first ever completely cashless wedding ceremony on January 9. And hours before the bride and the groom solemnised their vows, the families came together to build a toilet in the groom’s house.
The bride, Sunita lives in Itihasa village in West Singhbhum district, and the bridegroom Subhash Nayak comes from Badiya village. He works as a mason there. The construction of the toilet began on Sunday night and was completed just in time for the bride and groom to return to their shared home. And yes, it was paid for without cash.
It was Sanjay Kumar, Deputy Collector in the Chief Minister’s camp office, who convinced the families to go completely cashless. The village does not have a bank and very little online presence and not many have smartphones.
But with Kumar’s help, the families of the couple were able to make all wedding-related payments including those for buying groceries and jewellery using cheques or through online transactions.
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Kumar noted that the family even paid for the priest’s services at the temple using a cheque. The couple even solicited guests to give any monetary gifts via online transfer or cheques, making it truly cashless. Immediately after the wedding, the couple opened a joint-account in a bank and were given an ATM card.
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It was in early December last year, when the Jharkhand chief minister Raghubar Das launched a campaign to spearhead cashless weddings in the state. Kumar then met up with representatives of mobile companies to request their help with the initiative.
Being cashless is not the only thing that is great about this wedding – it was also dowry free. And that’s commendable.