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Govt takes over Lalit Kala Akademi's management

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

The government has taken over the management control of Lalit Kala Akademi, an autonomous organisation of the Culture Ministry, following several complaints regarding alleged administrative and financial irregularities in its functioning.

Additional Secretary of Ministry of Culture, K K Mittal, has been appointed as the Union government's administrator for Lalit Kala Akademi.

Over the past few years, the Culture Ministry had been receiving complaints regarding alleged administrative and financial irregularities in Lalit Kala Akademi which is one of its autonomous organisations, according to a release.

The Akademi's General Council and Executive Board are also non-functional since 2013 due to certain cases.

Also, the Akademi's principal executive officer, the secretary, is currently under suspension with departmental inquiry proceeding having been ordered against him by the Akademi's chairman.

Keeping in view the Akademi's beleaguered administration and the substantial public interest involved in the Akademi's vibrant and transparent functioning, the Centre has invoked the relevant provisions in Lalit Kala Akademi's Memorandum of Association for taking over the Akademi's management with effect from April 1, 2015 and appointed Mittal as administrator, the release said.

Mittal will continue till further orders.

First Published: Mon, April 06 2015. 21:07 IST