Following the suggestion of Prime Minister Narendra Modi that people should only give books and single rose as gifts to him, the Uttar Pradesh government on Wednesday issued a government order emulating this.

Principal Secretary, Information, Avanish Kumar Awasthi said that from now, in all government functions, big and small, instead of big and expensive flower bouquets, a single flower or books will now on be gifted.

He said that this decision has been taken to cut down on unnecessary expenses and added that a copy of the GO has been sent to all departments and officials for compliance.

Earlier, Shrikant Sharma, UP’s energy minister said that on Monday and Tuesday the ministers will interact with the public by conducting Janata Darshan.

When asked about the ministerial works, Sharma said that on the rest of the days, they will be performing their ministerial duties and also undertake tours.

Terming BJP government as ‘people’s government’, BJP’s UP spokesperson, Manish Shukla said, “The new system will provide two days for the public and party workers to meet the respective ministers at the same place (Sachivalaya) and put forward their grievances.”

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