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Akhilesh arbitrarily gave away 'Yash Bharti' to 53 persons: RTI

IANS  |  Lucknow 

Former Minister Yadav had arbitrarily given away the coveted "Yash Bharti" awards to 53 persons, in contravention to the laid down rules for selection of awardees, according to an response.

As per the information given by the state Culture Department, in response to an poser by activist Nutan Thakur, the "Screening Committee" had recommended 54 names for the award at its October 20, 2016 meeting. The names were forwarded to then Minister Yadav by

Yadav, however, dropped the name of Shamimuddin of for Zardozi art without stating any reason and added 23 new names. Of these, four names were written by hand, in completely arbitrary manner without any basis or recommendation, revealed the response.

Similarly, the (SP) added 12 new names including a "handwritten" inclusion of a certain Shadab Ruwaidi. This was followed by addition of 11 new names, including that of IAS Suhas L.Y. on November 29, 2016, and seven names on December 19, 2016.

"This is a classic example of misuse of authority by public functionaries," the petitioner told IANS on Wednesday.

Yash is the highest award by the government of and was instituted in 1994 by then for eminent personalities in the fields of literature, social work, medicine, film, science, journalism, handicrafts, culture, education, music, drama, sports, industry and astrology.

It carries a citation and a cash award of Rs 11 lakh and a Rs 50,000 pension per month.



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First Published: Wed, January 09 2019. 18:22 IST