Amitabh Bachchan, wife Jaya and son Abhishek have requested the Uttar Pradesh government to use the Rs 50,000 monthly 'pension' awarded each of them - for being Yash Bharti awardees - for the "poor and needy."
Amitabh and Jaya were conferred UP's highest honour in 1994, while Abhishek was given the Yash Bharti Samman in 2006.
"Whereas I respect the UP Govt's honour of the Yash Bharti 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," TOI said, quoting a statement from Amitabh Bachchan.
Bachchan also said he will be writing to chief minister Akhilesh Yadav in this regard, separately. On Tuesday, the UP government had, through a cabinet decision, announced a lifetime pension of Rs 50,000 per month to all recipients of the Yash Bharti Samman. The award was instituted in 1994 and has been discontinued whenever the SP government is not in power.
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