SP govt revives Yash Bharti Award

After a gap of five years, the state government has begun the exercise for selection of candidates to confer the Yash Bharti award in February.

All DMs have been asked by the Culture Department to invite applications from aspirants. The Yash Bharti award was started as an annual award by Mulayam Singh Yadav in 1994 but it was discontinued by Mayawati.

The applications collected at the district level till December 31 will be forwarded to the director of the Culture Department. After initial screening, a three-member committee, comprising Culture Minister Aruna Kori, Principal Secretary of Culture Manoj Kumar Singh and Director of Culture will finalise the name of the awardee which will be sent to Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav for approval.

Minister of State for Culture Aruna Kori stated that 10 applications in each field will be shortlisted. "We hope to complete all the formalities in the next two months,'' the minister said.

The award which began with a prize money of Rs 5 lakh, has now been enhanced to Rs 11 lakh. Since the institution, the award has been conferred on 70 people.

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