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Govt Asks Not To Present Bouquets To Modi On Tours In India; Books And Khadi Handkerchief Preferred

Published on 18 July, 2017 at 6:02 pm By

Ministry of Home Affairs has issued instructions that no bouquet shall be presented to the PM while on tour in India.

Chandrashekhar Rao and PM Modi Telugu Post

 


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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.

 

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,


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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.


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