A non-governmental organization (NGO) run by Aparna Yadav, sister-in-law of former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav, received a whopping 86% of the total funds available for ‘gaushalas’ and cow protection across the state. The allocation of funds was executed during the then ruling Samajwadi Party (SP), headed by Akhilesh.
The information was made public after an RTI was filed by Nutan Thakur, wife of an IPS officer Amitabh Thakur.
After the release of information, Nutan said, “Allocation of more than 80% of the total available grant to one NGO is clear political nepotism.”
Uttar Pradesh Gau Seva Ayog allotted Rs 8.3 crore out of total Rs 9.66 crore to Aparna’s Amausi-based ‘Kanha Upwan Gaushala’, which is run by her NGO ‘Jeev Ashray’ and owned by Lucknow Nagar Nigam.
Unfazed by the development, Aparna stood firm on the allotment saying, “If any organisation is working effectively and is invested in for good causes, then 86% is still a lesser portion, rather such organisation should be given 100% of the entire fund.”
Clarifying the matter further, she said, “If any organisation, which is a part of government, is devotedly working then there is nothing wrong if they have got such large portion of funds.”
“Moreover, I want to extend my wishes to Jeev Ashray and its several thousand supporters all around,” she added.
While in an exclusive chat with NewsX, current Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath said that the NGO is all about the protection and welfare of animals but if any irregularities are found in the matter then a stern action will taken against it.
Aparna Yadav is the wife of Prateek Yadav, second son of former SP supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav.