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No Formal Felicitation Ceremonies In Himachal Pradesh Till October 31: CM Sukhu

Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu, the Chief Minister of the Himachal Pradesh government, announced on Sunday that shawls, caps, and bouquets will no longer be presented to dignitaries during official events until October 31.    

Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu
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The Himachal Pradesh government has decided to halt the practice of honouring dignitaries by presenting shawls, caps, and bouquets during official events till October 31, Chief Minister Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu said on Sunday.      
    
He said the decision has been taken in view of the ongoing natural calamity concerns.  
    
"No formal honouring or felicitation ceremonies will, as per these directives, take place in the government functions till October 31, 2023," the chief minister said. 
    
The state government had also suspended the customary guard of honour accorded to VVIPs during field visits until September 15 this year. 
    
These measures collectively reflect the state's commitment to enacting meaningful change and fostering a pragmatic approach towards governance, said a statement issued here.
    
As many as 251 people have died in rain-related incidents in the hill state since the onset of monsoon on June 24 and 488 roads are still closed, according to the state emergency operation centre.
    
Sukhu has put the state's loss during the current monsoon season at Rs 12,000 crore.

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