AYUSH Ministry Rejects RTI Reply, Claims No Bias Against Recruiting Muslims

13/03/2016 8:43 AM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:26 AM IST
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NEW DELHI, INDIA - JUNE 21: Prime Minister Narendra Modi address a International Conference on Yoga at for holistic Health organized by Ministry of AYUSH on the occasion of International Yoga Day at Vigyan Bhavan on June 21, 2015 in New Delhi, India. The yoga celebrations are being organised after the United Nations had in December last year declared June 21 as International Yoga Day. (Photo by Sonu Mehta/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)

NEW DELHI -- The AYUSH Ministry yesterday rejected as "fabricated and mischievous misinformation" a purported RTI reply that had claimed that the government does not recruit Muslims in the ministry as a policy.

The Ministry condemned the "misreporting" which it claimed was aimed at causing "chasm" between different sections of society and promoting disharmony and mistrust with ulterior motives.

"The Ministry of AYUSH has noted with anguish certain mischievous misinformation being spread in certain section of media and social media quoting a reply to an RTI by mentioning a fabricated draft as Annexure I to that letter, which has never been issued by the Ministry of AYUSH or any of its agencies.

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"The Ministry strongly condemns this piece of misreporting, clearly aimed at causing chasm between different sections of society and promoting disharmony and mistrust with ulterior motives," the Ministry said in a statement.

The Ministry's response came in response to a series of RTI applications by a journalist who had sought the number of Muslim yoga teachers and trainers hired for foreign assignments during the first World Yoga Day on 21 June last year.

"As per government policy: no Muslim candidate was invited, selected or sent abroad," the reply was quoted as saying.

The ministry today said that an RTI request dated 17 September, 2015 was received from Pushp Sharma which sought information about various issues including how many times yoga councils were formulated in last ten years, detail list of each council, name of Yoga council members who got selected, how many Muslim candidates were invited, selected or sent abroad as Yoga trainer, amongst others.

The Ministry said that on receipt of the query, it forwarded this RTI request to its three agencies namely Morarji Desai National Institute of Yoga, Central Council for Research in Yoga and Naturopathy and International Cooperation wing of the Ministry.

"This is a simple forwarding letter under section 6(3) of RTI Act and therefore does not contain any reply to the queries.

"The same forwarding letter of the Ministry has been used by a section of the media in this matter, but with a non-existent, fictitious "ANNEXURE- I", (which has never been issued by the Ministry)," it said.

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