In a move that drew much flak from people around the country, Jagan-led Andhra Pradesh government has changed the name of ‘Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam Pratibha Puraskar Awards’, awards given to the meritorious students from Class 10. The CMO on Monday issued a GO MS No 78, which has the order to re-designate the name of the awards to ‘YSR Vidya Puraskars’. The GO also stated that the government would give away the awards on November 11, the birth anniversary of Maulana Abul Kalam Azad celebrated as National Education Day.
While the previous government considered all the SSC students, the Jagan-led government has announced that from 2019 the awards would be given only to the students from the government schools and will be organised at the district level. This move has invited criticism not only from the Oppositions but also from the ardent fans of Abdul Kalam. Netizens lambasted the government for politicising every possible thing. However, mending its ways for the sharp criticism received, the Chief has now issued orders to cancel the GO. He then stated that the GO was released without consideration.
Dr. Kalam has accomplished much for the nation with his inspiring life. @ysjagan’s govt changing “APJ Abdul Kalam Pratibha Puraskar” to “YSR Vidya Puraskar” is a shocking method of self-aggrandizement at the cost of disrespecting a much venerated man. #YSRCPInsultsAbdulKalam pic.twitter.com/7lPaZddNZF
— N Chandrababu Naidu #StayHomeSaveLives (@ncbn) November 5, 2019