By awarding them Yash Bharti, the state government is doing an important task of connecting them to their roots
The government will always take this tradition forward 56 eminent personalities honoured at Yash Bharti Samman Alankaran ceremony
Ms. Reshma Fatima given the Rani Laxmibai Bravery Award while Ms. Seema Tiwari given the Maharani Ahilyabai Holkar Award Former Defence Minister lays foundation stone of Samajwadi Lohia Enclave Residential Scheme
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mr. Akhilesh Yadav has said that felicitating eminent people from the field of music, literature, sports, fine arts, health and other streams of the society was an honour in itself. He said all such people are an example to emulate for the young and generations to come. He further added that all such personalities while were earning world wide respect for themselves they were also acting as ambassadors of the state.
By awarding such persons, the state government was rendering an important service of connecting them to their roots, the Chief Minister observed. The Chief Minister was today speaking at the Dr. Ram Manohar Lohia Park during the Yash Bharti Award Ceremony 2015 to give away the Yash Bharti awards to 56 eminent personalities from different walks of life, for the years 2013-14 and 2014-15.
In his address, the Chief Minister said UP was a large state which had the unique distinction of giving maximum number of Prime Minister’s to the country and if it were to be a country in itself, UP would have been the four largest country in the world. In the state, he pointed out, many talented people were striving to achieve their goals in limited resources they have at their disposal.
He further said the all those who were being felicitated today were acclaimed worldwide but were known in the state itself. To make them known in the home state, ‘Neta ji’, he pointed out, had started the Yash Bharti awards in the year 1994-95. On many occasions, he said, situations arose when the awardees were not able to make it to the event to receive the award after which ‘Neta ji’ visited their homes personally to give them the awards. The tradition would be taken forward by the state government, he underlined.
Mr. Yadav said that Uttar Pradesh was known world over for its Ganga-Jamuni culture but it had its own share of challenges. While the state has a large number of youth, there is unemployment too and it was for this reason, the CM said, the present state government, was working in a sustained manner to usher in comprehensive development in the state to improve the lot of the poor, farmers, students, sportspersons, based on the ideology of socialism.
Lauding the efforts of state government, the former union defence minister and MP Mr. Mulayam Singh Yadav said it was necessary to take the tradition of Yash Bharti awards forward. He further pointed out that out of the people awarded today, many had contributed in a big way in their own fields to improve the society.
Referring to many challenges being faced by the country, the former union defence minister said the government of India should be beware of China. He lit the ceremonial lamp earlier and inaugurated the award ceremony. He also laid the foundation stone of the Samajwadi Lohia Enclave (Devpur Para) residential scheme and gave away the Rani Laxmi Bai Bravery Award to Ms. Reshma Fatima and the Maharani Ahilyabai Holkar Award to Ms. Seema Tiwari. He also gave Mr. Anoop Jalota and the representative of Mr. Vinod Mehta, who could not come personally, the Yash Bharti award.
Earlier, the minister of state (independent Charge) of the Women Welfare and Culture Mrs. Arun Kumari Kori said the Rani Laxmibai Bravery Award was given for an act of bravery, alongwith one lakh rupees, a citation and a certificate, while the Maharani Ahilyabai Holkar award carried Rs. five lakh, a citation and a certificate. The Yash Bharti award carries a citation and Rs 11 lakh.
Awardees – Mr. Anoop Jalota, Mr. Vishnu Saxena, Mr. Devi Prasad Pandey ‘Adig’, Mr. Vansh Gopal Yadav, Mr. Munavvar Anzar, Mr. Ravindra Jain and Mr. Rahat Ali Khan Sabri thanked the Chief Minister for the award and said that while many awards have come their way in their careers, being felicitated in their home state had all together a different feeling.
The personalities given the Yash Bharti award for the year 2013-14 include Mr Lodi Mohammad Safi Khan ‘Bekal Utsahi’, Mr Heera Lal Yadav, Dr Jagdish Gandhi, Mr Devi Prasad Pandey, Prof Mata Prasad Tripathi, Mr Ashok Kumar Singh, Mr Vansh Gopal Yadav, Mr Anoop Jalota, Mr RajanSajan Mishra, Mr Ramesh Bhaiyya, Pandit Vikas Maharaj, Mr Sheetla Pandey ‘Sameer’, Mr Lal Bachan Yadav, Mr Munavvar Anzar, Mrs Rekha Bharadwaj, Mr Dharmendra Yadav, Mr Bhagat Singh, Mr Yogendra Singh Yadav, Mr Vijay pal Yadav, Mr Rajesh Kumar Yadav, Mr Abhishek Yadav and Ms Shweta Priyadarshni.
For the year 2014-15, the personalities who were honoured included, Mr Hameedullah (Hamid Hindi), Prof Rita Ganguli, Mr Darshan Singh Yadav, Prof Bhagirath Prasad Tripathi, prof Hakim Sayyed Zillurrehman, Prof Jayakrishna Agarwal, Mr Vinod Mehta, Dr Urmil Kumar Thapaliyal, Mr Ravindra Jain, Mr Yogesh Gaur, Mr TP Trivedi, Mr Girdhar Lal Mishra ‘Jagadguru Ramanandacharya Swami Rambhadracharya’, Mr Rajkumar Verma, Dr Gyan Chaturvedi, Mr Buddhi Prakash, Mr Vishnu Yadav, Dr Kumkum Dhar, Dr Vishnu Saxena, Mrs Shubha Mudgal, Mr Krishan Kanhai and Mr Govind Kanhai, Dr CS Yadav, Mr Raj Kumar, Dr RP Singh, Dr Rakesh Yadav, Mr Iftekaar Nadeem Khan, Mr Jasjeet Singh Gill ‘Jimmi Shergil’, Mr Kailash Kher, Mr Rahat Ali Khan Sabri, Mr Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Mr Avnish Kumar Yadav, Mrs Alka Tomar, Ms Poonam Yadav, Ms Geetanjali Sharma and Mr Khushbeer Singh ‘Shaad’.
The vote of thanks was proposed by secretary, department of culture Mrs Anita C Mehsram. Also present at the awards ceremony were Ministers Mr Shivpal Singh Yadav, Mr Rajendra Chowdhary, Mr Om Prakash Singh, Mr Kailash, Mr Yogesh Pratap Singh, Dr Shiv Pratap Yadav, acting chairman of the Hindi Sahitya Sansthan Mr Udai Pratap Singh, many dignitaries, people’s representatives and officers.