Bhopal: Gujarati Samaj to impose Rs 200 fine for leaving food on plate

Decision after dustbin was found overflowing with discarded food at a Garba event

Bhopal: The Bhopal Gujarati Samaj has decided to impose a fine of Rs 200 on people leaving food on their plates at any social or religious function organised on the premises of the Gujarat Samaj Bhavan here.

Sanjay Patel, state president of the Samaj, said that the decision was taken after they found dustbins overflowing with discarded food at a special dinner organised on the premises of the Bhavan as part of a Garba event.

“In Indian culture, food is treated as god. How can anyone throw it away?” He asks.

CCTV cameras

The security guards deployed at the place and the Samiti office-bearers will keep an eye on the guests in functions, including marriages, organised on the Bhavan premises. If anyone is found to have left food on his or her plate, a fine of Rs 200 will be imposed and the person will be expected to pay it on the spot.

If, for some reason, the violator manages to leave, he would be identified with the help of CCTV footage and a letter would be sent to his home, asking him to pay up. “We will be issuing receipts for the amount,” Patel said.

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