Questions in KBC were easier than getting prize money for divyang SDM
KalingaTV News Network
Raipur: Questions in the famous Indian television game show ‘Kaun Banega Crorepati’ (KBC) were easier for Anuradha Agrawal, the Sub-Divisional Magistrate (SDM) of Mungeli in Chhattisgarh, than getting permission to take part in the show and collect her prize money.
Agrawal, who is physically challenged, had to face a Herculean task to get permission to take part in KBC until the Chhattisgarh government accorded her permission bowing to public pressure on social media, to encash the Rs 15 lakh the physically challenged deputy collector had won in the game show.
According to reports, Agrawal had qualified to take part in the 9th edition of the game show, being hosted by Bollywood super star Amitabh Bachchan, after giving audition in Bhopal. She took part in the show with an intention to use the prize money for the treatment of her brother who is suffering from a kidney ailment.
She had to record for the show in Mumbai with Bachchan on August 20th. But she had almost had given up hope of participating in the show due to the death of her mother just a day before her shooting. But, her kin insisted that she should go. Bowing to their plea, she finally went to Mumbai and recorded for the show, which would be telecast on September 20. She had announced during the show that she would use the Rs 15 lakh she won for the treatment of her brother who was battling cancer at a hospital in Kolkata.
Agrawal had applied for leave to District Collector, Mungeli, Neelam Ekka and had also mentioned the reason in her leave
application. But when the Collector forwarded the application to the general administration department (GAD) after her participation in the programme, the GAD denied sanction of leave to her through an order, which she received on her arrival in Mungeli.
Since she had already participated in the show, she only needed permission to encash the amount. But the SDM had declared that she could not encash the amount if the government did not grant her permission.
Chief Minister Raman Singh intervened after the matter was highlighted in the media. Considering it as a special case, he directed the GAD to sanction SDM leave for participating in the show and to encashing her prize money.