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Big B and family urge UP Govt to use Yash Bharti pension for poor and needy
Bollywood superstar Amitabh Bachchan, wife Jaya Bachchan and his son Abhishek Bachchan have urged the Uttar Pradesh government to use the pension money worth Rs. 50,000 proposed to be paid to each one of them, for the benefit of poor and needy. The state government has announced that the trio will be getting this pension as they are recipients of Yash Bharti award.

Big B and his wife Jaya were conferred with Yash Bahrti award (UP's highest honour) in 1994, while Abhishek was awarded the same in 2006. Now the UP Government has announced that all the recipients of the Yash Bharti Samman will be given a monthly pension of Rs 50,000.

However, the Bachchan family has politely rejected it and has asked the government to donate it to charity.

According to a ToI report Amitabh Bachchan said, "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."

The pension scheme for Yash Bharti recipients has also emerged as the most lucrative pension scheme in the country, as monthly pension of Rs 50,000 is among the highest in the country.

About 150 people who trace their origins to the state have been awarded this prize that was instituted in 1994.

Amitabh Bachchan's father, noted litterateur Harivansh Rai Bachchan also received this honour in its inaugural year itself.

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