In the previous edition of Narendra Modi’s Mann ki Baat, the Prime Minister, while highlighting the sacrifices made by the public in support of demonetisation, spoke of how a couple in Surat served just tea at their wedding. Leading by example, an IAS officer posted in Andhra Pradesh spent just Rs 500 for her marriage. Vijayawada sub-collector Dr Saloni Sidana married her colleague Ashish Vashistha on Monday by paying Rs 500 towards court fee, Hindustan Times reported. And within two days, the newly wed couple reported for work. Sidana distributed sweets at the collectorate office and earned lavish praise from the staff for setting an example.
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“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,” a junior official in the chief minister’s office told HT.
Speaking to HT, Sidana said that this is not something that needs to be publicised. “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,” she told Hindustan Times.
“We also had a simple marriage ceremony as per our customs apart from registering it (in court),” she said.
Only a few close friends and relatives joined the couple’s family members to witness the wedding. Sidana met Vashistha at the Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration in Mussoorie and fell in love. She has an MBBS degree and worked as a radiologist at the All India Institute Of Medical Sciences before attempting UPSC.