In a country like India where the standard of life of millions is far from satisfactory, incurring huge expenditure on official functions of ministers and officials, even in regular programmes, by way of decorations, garlands and bouquets is a colossal waste of hard earned money. These functions can be simple events and need not be conducted like gala celebrations. On an annual basis such expenditures may run into millions. Is this a civilised practice? amirite?