Ministry of Home Affairs has issued instructions that no bouquet shall be presented to the PM while on tour in India.
These instructions come a few weeks after Modi, in a speech at Kochi, commented that people must give books instead of bouquets as a greeting. He further added that there is no greater joy than reading and has urged people to do that while speaking at P N Panicker National Reading Day celebrations.
Highlighted the need for a strong movement of reading & having more libraries. This can ignite socio-economic changes across our society.
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) June 17, 2017
The instructions were issued to all states and UTs on July 12 by the MHA. While speaking on “Mann Ki Baat”, a week after he visited Khadi Village Industries Commission, the PM asked people to stop exchanging bouquets and gift khadi products, instead. PM Modi said,
One can also use a khadi handkerchief to welcome people, and be a support to the innumerable underprivileged people. When I was in Gujarat, I had set a tradition of welcoming people by not giving bouquets, but books or handkerchiefs instead. The lifespan of a bouquet is very short. You receive it in your hand for a moment and then abandon it. But when you present a book, it becomes a part of the household, a part of the family.
He further added,
The lifespan of a bouquet is very short. You receive it in your hand for a moment and then abandon it. But when you present a book, it becomes a part of the household, a part of the family.
This move has been appreciated by people on social media. This step also adhered to the climate change policies that the PM has been focusing on.