New Delhi, July 17: The Ministry of Home Affairs directed all the states not to present any bouquet to Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his tours within the country. The Ministry said “at best” the Prime Minister should either be presented a flower or a book.

“No bouquet may be presented to the Prime Minister during his tours within India. At best will be a flower among with a khadi handkerchief or a book may be presented to welcome the dignitary,” the Home Ministry told states.

The Ministry has asked all states and Union Territories to suitably sensitise all concerned officials to ensure strict compliance of the above instructions.

Last month on the occasion of PN Panicker Reading Day, the Prime Minister appealed to people to give a book instead of bouquet as a greeting. “I believe that reading and knowledge should not be limited only to work related aspects. It should help develop habits of social responsibility, service to the nation and service to humanity. It should cure the evils in society and nation. It should spread the idea of peace along with respect for unity and integrity of the nation,” Modi had said.

He had also urged the youth to take a pledge of reading.