New Delhi, Aug 9: The Uttar Pradesh government has spent Rs 14 lakh to give flower shower to Kawariyas from the chopper in Meerut and adjoining areas. However, the chopper was hired to keep a watch on the Kawar Yatra.
One India has the letter that was issues by the home ministry of the Uttar of Pradesh government in which it was clearly stated that between August 7 and August 9 a chopper will be hired to keep a watch on Kawaria in Meerut and surrounding areas from where the rout of Kawar Yatra passes through. As per the order, the UP government hired this chopper from Chopper Air Charter Services Private Limited and the government paid Rs 14.31 lakh for this service.
Pictures and videos of additional director general of police Meerut zone Prashant Kumar had gone viral in which he was shown showering rose petals on Kawariyas. However, there was no any such order to shower flowers on them.
Uttar Pradesh police clarified by saying that showing flower is part of Indian culture and tradition so there is nothing wrong in it. This is an indication that the government and administration welcomes Kawarias. The administration called it a symbolic gesture of welcoming them. The police said that they are working for them as an add not that they are controlling Kawad Yatra. This was the intention behind this move so there is no rule break in it.
State home ministry in its order on July 27 said that a chopper will be hired from August 4 to August 9 to keep a watch on Kawarias in the Meerut Zone. A budget of Rs 21.64 was fixed for Pawan Hans Limited to hire chopper from them. But Air Charter Services Ltd agreed for less money. Chief minister Yogi Adityanath had ordered to take services of a chopper to keep a watch on Kawarias on July 18 meeting.