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Chamling's awards genuine: Govt

india Updated: Jan 28, 2010 19:04 IST

With Chief Minister Pawan Kumar Chamling facing Opposition flak for allegedly purchasing awards using public money, the state government said on Thursday that the two latest awards to him were genuine and given in recognition of his contributions.

The American Biographical Institute (ABI) has decided to invite Chamling to join the organisation as an outstanding individual as per the communication received from its president J M Evans, the Information and Public Relations Department (IPR) said in a release here today.

ABI had done due diligence of over 4,000 people of professional importance, including Chamling, to determine the names of those to be inducted to its Hall of Fame, the release said. The ABI in its 42 years' publication has published over 250 biographies of those it has honoured in it dwelt on their leadership skills and excellence in public life, it said. Similarly, the New Delhi-based Friendship Forum of India has chosen to give 'Best Personality Award' and a gold medal to Chamling in recognition of his outstanding performance and exceptional leadership, the release added. BJP and other opposition parties have been questioning the propriety of various awards being given to Chamling by various organisations since he assumed office in 1994 and alleged that the chief minister had paid from the public exchequer for purchasing the awards.