Uttar Pradesh government’s announcement to provide Rs 50,000 monthly pension to Yash Bharti awardees of the state has got 100 applications including those from cricketer Suresh Raina, actor-turned-MP Raj Babbar and wife Nadira, classical vocalist Girija Devi and Chhannulal Mishra, reports a leading daily.The state government had sent out a copy of the notification on the pension to 141 recipients of Yash Bharti. By January 31, the last day to apply for the pension, it received 100 applications.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Yash Bharti award is given to eminent persons belonging to the state in the fields of art, culture, sports, literature, medicine, journalism and social service. It is among the highest paying pension schemes in the state. Most schemes for artists in the state offers paltry allowance as pensions.Others well known names queuing up for the pension are poet Gopal Das Neeraj, cricketer Mohammed Kaif, and actor Jimmy Shergill.Megastar Amitabh Bachchan, his wife Jaya and son Abhishek too had received the award and were eligible for the pension. But they have declined the pension and written to the government about it. Senior Bacchan requested the Uttar Pradesh government to donate the monthly pension announced for him, his wife Jaya and actor son Abhishek as Yash Bharti awardees of the state, to charity.”Whereas I respect the UP Govt’s honour of the Yash Bharati Award to members of my family, and their decision as per reports in the press, for providing pension of Rs 50,000 per month to each recipient, I am requesting the UP Govt, with all humility, to redirect the entire amount designated for my family towards any noble charitable scheme or cause that benefits the poor and the needy. I shall be writing to the Chief Minister in this regard, in a separate communication,” Bachchan said in a statement.With agency inputs.
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