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Yogi Adityanath orders review of Yash Bharti Awards instituted by Mulayam

Yogi Adityanath has been reviewing the schemes of the previous Akhilesh Yadav government

Press Trust of India  |  Lucknow 

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Aditya Nath Yogi with Dy CM Dinesh Sharma during an inspection of Gomti Riverfront, one of the ambitious projects of Akhilesh Yadav-led Samajwadi Party government, in Lucknow (Photo: PTI)

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister has ordered a thorough review of the prestigious started by in 1994, saying that giving them away to undeserving persons lowers the prestige of such an honour.

The Chief Minister during a presentation of the Culture Department late last night directed officials to thoroughly review the criteria and norms for these awards. Necessary action would be taken after the review, an official spokesman today quoted the CM as saying.

Adityanath has been reviewing the schemes of the previous government including the Samajwadi Pension Yojana, Gomti river front project, and

The Chief Minister during the presentation noted that while giving away an award, its prestige should also be kept in mind as honouring undeserving persons lowers the dignity of the award.

Mulayam, who was then the chief minister, had instituted the Yash Bharti Award, which is the highest award of the Uttar Pradesh government.

It is given to personalities for making notable contribution to the fields of literature, social work, medicine, film, science, journalism, handicrafts, culture, education, music, drama, sports, industry and astrology.

Besides a commendation letter, shawl and Rs 11 lakh, it carries a pension Rs 50,000 per month on demand.

After it was discontinued by the Mayawati government, the government restarted it in 2015 but there were allegations that the prize money of Rs 11 lakh and Rs 50,000 monthly pension was being handed out arbitrarily.

Notable recipients of the are Harivansh Rai Bachchan, Amitabh Bachchan, Jaya Bachchan, Abhishek Bachchan, Naseeruddin Shah and Nawazuddin Siddiqui among others.

During the presentation last night, Adityanath also stressed on the review of the Maitreya project in Kushinagar district as farmers whose land has been acquired for it have lodged a protest.

The Maitreya project envisages erecting statues of Maitreya Buddha and as per initial plans a 152-metre (500 ft) statue was to be built in either Kushinagar or Bodh Gaya.

These plans have since changed and the Maitreya Project now intends to construct relatively modest statues in both towns.

The project was initiated by the Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition, an organisation within the Gelug School of Tibetan Buddhism.

Adityanath also directed officials to explore the possibility of starting branches of Lucknow-based Bhatkhande Music Institute in other districts and linking the pension scheme for old and poor artistes to the central scheme to increase its amount, the spokesman added.

First Published: Fri, April 21 2017. 17:37 IST