In our country, millions are living in poverty. Some 220 million Indians sustained on an expenditure level of less than Rs 32 per day – the poverty line for rural India going by the last headcount of the poor in India in 2013. According to the National Statistical Office (NSO) survey report, consumption expenditure declined 10% per annum in rural areas and 4% in urban areas. Consumption expenditure is used as a proxy for income in India, in turn, form the basis for measuring poverty. The reduction in poverty has not been impressive as pointed out by an assessment released in January 2020 by government think-tank NITI Aayog. India is far behind the ‘zero poverty by 2030’. States have slipped in their efforts to reduce poverty in 2019, in comparison to 2018. 50 per cent of India’s poor could be termed as chronic poor.While this is the poverty situation here, it is astonishing to know that the Government is incurring huge expenditure on official functions of ministers and officials, even in regular programmes, by way of decorations, garlands and bouquets. People with a conscience cannot indulge in such unwanted and useless expenditure.It 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. It only shows that politicians and officials have become totally alienated from people.It is high time that the governments realise that such expenditure on decorations in official functions are wasteful and antipeople in nature as they will not in any way improve the success of the programmes but only drain the exchequer with no benefit whatsoever to the people.