Karnataka Government officials have insulted late Dr. Rajkumar's wife producer Parvathamma Rajkumar by giving her dud demand draft (DD) of Rs.10,000 on Saturday. Government had recently announced her name for the award of Kittur Rani Chennamma and now has given her an expired demand draft.
According to sources, government officials gave Parvathamma a cash prize through DD of Rs. 10,000 in hurry and insisted her encash it immediately on Saturday. But the bank authorities denied to receive the DD stating that the Check was expired. Parvathamma felt insulted by the incident and she said that she would not receive the award even if the government arranges a function.
The Kittur Rani Chennamma award is formally given to women achievers on International Women's Day on March 8. The government officials had announced the names of 21 women for the award. Later they forgot to organise the award function due to the parliamentary elections.
Former Kittur Rani Chennamma award winner and president of KFCC, Dr. Jayamala has condemned the incident. She said if they really want to honour women, they should have organised a function to give away the awards. She said, "It is raw deal for a person like Parvathamma."
However, PM Narendra Swamy, minister for women and child development, has taken it seriously and said that he would apologise to all the awardees. He confessed that there was a lapse at the officer's stage and He would ask the officers to re-validate the DD and organise the awards function soon.