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No bouquets please, says Yogi Adityanath’s government

Author: Anuja Jaiswal | TNN
Publication:  The Times of India
Date: August 2, 2017
URL:    http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/agra/no-bouquets-please-says-yogi-adityanaths-government/articleshow/59885114.cms

Yogi Adityanath's government has issued directions to stop the practice of presenting bouquets during government functions. Instead of presenting bouquets to welcome the guests, people can offer a flower or book to them.

According to reports, recently the Union ministry of home affairs had issued instructions to states to stop presenting bouquets during Prime Minister Narendra Modi's tours within India. Instructions in this regard were issued to all states and Union territories on July 12. Uttrakhand government has already done it in the state.
On June 17, PM Modi had also tweeted appealing to people to stop giving bouquets. PM's appeal had caught the attention of Congress PM Shashi Tharoor, who tweeted, "Some minds think alike! I've been saying this for years in Thiruvananthapuram!"

In his Mann Ki Baat radio address on June 25, PM Modi again urged people to stop exchanging bouquets and start gifting Khadi products. He shared how he liked the practice of gifting books by PN Panicker Foundation instead of bouquets in Kerala. He said, "I had the opportunity to go for the inaugural function, where I was told that instead of bouquets, they gift books. I liked it."

When contacted, UP BJP spokesperson Chandra Mohan said that this is the way to curb the expense and presenting a book can lend a personal touch.
 
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