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No problem with national awards list: Rashtrapati Bhavan

Onkar Singh in New Delhi | January 29, 2004 17:44 IST

Rashtrapati Bhavan and the Prime Minister's Office havedenied a newspaper report that President A P J Abdul Kalam was unhappy with somenames onthis year's national honourslist.

Likely honoreesare usually suggested by members of Parliament, state governments and reputed organisations. These names areforwarded to a three-member committee atthe Union home ministry, which finalises thelistof honorees after they have beencleared by the Intelligence Bureau.

The list is then forwarded to the President for his approval while a copy is sent to the Prime Minister's Office.

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According to the report, the PMO added 12 names to the list, which werenotcleared by the Intelligence Bureau.

However, Ashok Tandon, the prime minister's media adviser,denied that the PMO had done anything of the kind.

"A committee headed by the Union home secretary clears the list after obtaining the necessary IB clearance. If some names were dropped even before they came before the committee, it does not necessarily meanthey were included without IB clearance. Union Home Secretary N Gopalaswamyperused the list before forwarding it to Rashtrapati Bhavan," he told

S M Khan, the President's press secretary,told, "The names are screened by the Union home ministry and then by the Prime Minister's Office before being forwarded to Rashtrapati Bhavan. All those honoured this year were cleared bythe Intelligence Bureau."

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