Lucknow: Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has order an investigation into the state’s top award- the “Yash Bharti” set up by Mulyam Singh Yadav over two decades ago, which given to Amitabh Bachchan, Naseeruddin Shah and Nawazuddin Siddiqui among others, sources said.
Meanwhile, in 1994 Mulayam Singh started the award to honour eminent personalities who have done the state proud. During his son Akhilesh Yadav’s rule, however, there were allegations that the prize – Rs 11 lakh cash and 50,000 monthly pensions was being handed out arbitrarily, mainly for the financial benefit.
As per sources, if the inquiry establishes “misuse” of the award, the 50,000 monthly pensions may be cancelled for recipients.
Some “Yash Bharti” winners like the Bachchan family – Amitabh Bachchan, Jaya Bachchan, Abhishek and Aishwarya Rai have not taken the pension.
Over the years, others who have been honoured include eminent poet Harivansh Rai Bachchan, singers like Shubha Mudgal and Kailash Kher and cricketer Bhuwaneshwar Kumar.