Gram Panchayat Keylong imposes ban on beer during marriages
Shimla, July 6
Gram Panchayat Keylong, located in the Lahaul subdivision of Lahaul Spiti district, has implemented a blanket ban on the use of beer during marriage ceremonies. Violators of this ban will be subject to fines of up to Rs 5000.
In a recent resolution passed by the Gram Sabha of Gram Panchayat Keylong on July 2, 2023, it was decided that the use of beer during marriage celebrations would be completely prohibited. Any individuals found violating this order will be required to pay a penalty of Rs 5000, which will be collected by the Panchayat. The decision to enforce this ban was made in response to reports of the supply of substandard quality beer. A similar decision had been taken by the Gram Sabha last year as well.
During the meeting, two other resolutions were also passed. One amendment involved the local customary rule, which established specific amounts for various rituals, including Rs 200 for Dagnag, Rs 1000 for Jara, and Rs 1500 for Dohaid. The second resolution stated that in the event of expressing condolences for a person’s death, residents of the gram panchayat should visit the grieving family until the last day. If an individual is unable to visit before the last day of expressing condolences, they may visit on Gipuch Jurg (on the 49th day). After that, no further visits to the village will be permitted for condolence purposes.
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It is worth noting that villagers in tribal districts create their own bylaws based on customary law practices in Lahaul Spiti, Kinnuar, and Pangi, as well as Bharmour subdivision in Chamba district.
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