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Rs. 50,000 pension was under the ‘Yash Bharati Samman’ Award, not for supporting the government

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A post is being shared widely on social media with a claim that 172 Bollywood celebrities used to receive Rs. 50,000 monthly from the Uttar Pradesh government, till 2017, for giving Akhilesh government a positive coverage on media and social media. But, CM Yogi Adityanath has stopped the monthly pension. Let’s try to analyze the claim made in the post.

The archived version of the post can be found here.

Claim: 172 Bollywood celebrities received Rs 50000 monthly till 2017 from the UP government for giving Akhilesh government a positive coverage on media and social media. CM Yogi stopped the payment.   

Fact: The 172 beneficiaries were receiving the pension as they have been awarded by the ‘Yash Bharati Samman’, not for giving the government a positive coverage on media and social media. All of them were not Bollywood celebrities. There are eminent personalities from various fields like art, literature, films, science, etc. Also, the Yogi government has not stopped the pensions completely. Hence the claim made in the post is MISLEADING.     

In the post, one of the users has commented with a link to the ‘Times of India’ article. In the article, it can be read that the 172 beneficiaries were receiving the Rs. 50,000 pension as the ‘Yash Bharati Samman’ has been awarded to them not for giving the Akhilesh government a positive coverage on media and social media.  The details about the scheme can be read on the webpage of UP’s Culture Department. In the pension list (2016) of awardees, it can be seen that the award is given to eminent personalities from various fields like art, literature, films, science, etc. So, the pension was not just restricted to Bollywood celebrities.

Also, the Yogi government has not stopped the pensions completely. According to the 2018 rules regarding the pension under the scheme, the amount of pension has been reduced to Rs. 25,000 and additional criteria (not available to government servants, government pensioners, and income taxpayers) have been added to become eligible for the pension.

To sum it up, Rs. 50,000 monthly pension was given under the ‘Yash Bharati Samman’ Award, not for supporting the government. All of them are not Bollywood celebrities. Also, the Yogi government brought some changes to the pension rules. They did not completely stop them.

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7 Comments

  1. You can give a government grant in any fancy sounding name..at the end it is a bribe for no sensible reason but instead throwing public money so they will blow your trumpet.

  2. doesn’t make much difference. ..wasting of public money on personalities who have nothing to do with the state government is just waste of taxpayers money…bloody idiot govt…they can use it for better purpose

  3. Koustubh Mandhare on

    I mean pension to Bollywood celebrity thinking💭🤔💭🤔💭🤔💭🤔💭🤔💭🤔💭 for what who is retired

  4. LOL! How much have you got to do this idiotic fact check? An illiterate also can understand it’s a canvassed scheme!

  5. Does it matter under whatever scheme the state govt was spending public tax payer money on these so called prominent personalities , some of them belonged to Bollywood with no connection to the state UP whatsoever (unless they claim they used to perform in order to entertain the then SP’s state govt) ??

  6. LOL well pension scheme introduced by mulayam singh(SP) when he was CM, it was stopped by Mayawati (BSP) then again started by Akhilesh(SP) if it is not related to SP then what was it

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