India, Aug. 2 -- The Uttar Pradesh government has allowed opening of sweet shops and those selling rakhis on Sunday. The decision has been taken in view of the Raksha Bandhan festival on Monday.

In an official release on Saturday, the UP government said that chief minister Yogi Adityanath has allowed free travel for women on Uttar Pradesh State Road Transport Corporation (UPSRTC) on Rasha Bandhan day.

The free bus travel for women is applicable from midnight of August 2 to midnight of August 3, the order said.

Instructions have also been given to the police for intensive patrolling on the occasion.

Chief minister Yogi further directed the officials to ensure that the protocol for Covid-19, including social distancing norms, should be ...