Ayush ministry calls RTI reply of no-Muslim hire policy 'fake'

Prime position (File) Prime Minister Narendra Modi perform yoga with thousands of other yoga enthusiasts on the first ever International Yoga Day at Rajpath in New Delhi

An internal Ayush ministry probe has concluded that a controversial RTI response, allegedly citing the government’s hiring policy of yoga teachers based on religion, is fake.

The probe has claimed that the said RTI reply produced by journalist Pushp Sharman was actually a list of yoga teachers sent by the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) in 2012. It had nothing to do with the Ayush ministry or the Narendra Modi regime, reported Economic Times.

"The list was an old one sent out by another institution, not even us. Also,what has been written in the foot note is what we suspect is forged," Ayush Secretary Ajit Sharan told the newspaper.

Sharan has further said that there is no column for 'religion' in the forms of Ayush ministry to teachers.

Sharman, a freelance journalist for Milli Gazette, the oldest Muslim community journal in the country, citing an RTI response, has alleged that the Modi government had a policy against recruiting candidates from Muslim community as teachers/ trainers for foreign assignments during the World Yoga Day last year.

“As per government policy – No Muslim candidate was invited, selected or sent abroad,” the ministry allegedly said in an RTI response.

“The reply makes it clear that a total number of 3841 Muslims applied for Yoga trainer/teacher jobs in the Ayush ministry, including 711 Muslims who applied for short-term jobs as Yoga teachers/trainers in foreign countries but none was selected,” said an online version of Milli Gazette story.

The ministry has filed an FIR with the Delhi police alleging forgery against Sharman, after which she was questioned by Delhi police, said reports.

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