Lucknow: The chief minister of Uttar Pradesh Yogi Adityanath has ordered an investigation into the state’s highest award- Yash Bharti, as there have been speculations about misuse of the prestigious award for it’s prize money. The winners of this award receive Rs 11 lakh in cash and monthly pension of Rs 50,000. During a meeting held late on Thursday, questions were raised regarding the award’s arbitrary distribution and wastage of tax payers money, after which Adityanath ordered an investigation.
It is awarded to those personalities whose contribution is remarkable in the field of literature, social work, medicine, film, science, journalism, handicrafts, culture, education, music, drama, sports, industry and astrology. Amitabh Bachchan, Abhishek Bachchan, Aishwarya Rai, Kailash Kher, Jaya Bachchan, Harivansh Rai Bachchan are some of the names among many eminent personalities associated with it. However, the Bachchan family have not taken the pension.
Yash Bharti Award was instituted by Mulayam Singh in 1994. However, when Mayawati came to power, she discontinued the award. Further in 2012, when Akhilesh Yadav took office, he re-established the award.