While India still struggles to bear the brunt of demonetisation, some are setting up examples on how to face it. As is the story of this IAS couples Ashish Vashishta and Saloni Sidana, who have paid just Rs 500 on their wedding and returned to duty within 48 hours from getting married. Yes they got married by paying a court fee of Rs 500 in the office of Bhind additional district magistrate. This IAS officers from neighbouring Andhra Pradesh has set an example of a simple and thoughtful wedding. This simple wedding happened while many of us are still trying to come to terms at Gali Janardhan Reddy’s daughter’s wedding in which over Rs 500 crores was spent.
The bride (Dr Saloni Sidana) is the sub-collector of Vijayawada, and the bridegroom (Ashish Vashishta) is an Indian Administrative Service officer of the Madhya Pradesh cadre. The couple got married on Monday after paying a court fee of Rs 500 in the office of Bhind additional district magistrate. Few close relatives and family members of the couple were also present during the wedding.
And within 48 hours from getting married the bride returned to her duty and she distributed sweets to every staff in the collectorate in which she works.
When asked about this simple wedding Saloni said, “I don’t think there is anything unusual about it. It was purely a personal affair and hence we wanted to have it in a very simple manner. In fact, my husband also returned to the duty on Wednesday itself. We also had a simple marriage ceremony as per our customs apart from registering it (in court),”. Reports Hindustan Times.
Ashish Vashishta and Saloni Sidana (belonging to the 2014-batch IAS officer) fell in love with each other while undergoing training at the Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration in Mussoorie. Saloni Sidana has an MBBS degree and has worked as a radiologist before clearing the UPPSC exam in her first attempt in 2013 by securing the 74th rank.
“It was really a pleasant surprise to all of us. She has shown an example to all of us at a time when the currency crisis has hit the entire nation,” says a junior official in the chief minister’s office.