UP government awarded Amitabh Bachchan, Jaya Bachchan and Abhishek Bachchan with Rs 50,000 per month as pension amount to each for the rest of their life.
As Bollywood stars, they have become the first beneficiaries of ‘Yash Bharati Award’ launched by Akhilesh Yadav govt.
However, veteran actor issued a statement that he will request the ‘CM of Uttar Pradesh to donate the amount to charity.’
“Whereas I respect the UP Govt’s (sic) 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,” Amitabh Bachchan was quoted as saying in a statement.
150 people are listed for the state’s highest honor, ‘Yash Bharati Samman’ by the government.
The Rs 50,000 pension is among the highest in the country.
Under Integrated Social Benefit (Pension) Scheme of Uttar Pradesh government, a handicap person only receives Rs 300 monthly while under Indira Gandhi National Old Age Pension Scheme, a person gets Rs 300 per month.
Other schemes such as the Freedom Fighters pension Scheme fetches beneficiaries Rs 20,129 per month, former Andaman prisoners get Rs 23,309 per month, BCCI pays cricketers who played at least 100 Test cricket matches Rs 50,000 per month.