Indian govt takes over the control of Lalit Kala Akademi

North Gazette News/New Delhi
Indian governemnt on Monday took over the control of Lalit Kala Akademi from its management after receiving complaints on alleged irregularities in its functioning.

A spokesperson of Indian government said that Indian culture Ministry were receiving complaints regarding alleged administrative and financial irregularities in Lalit Kala Akademi.

“Over the past few years, Culture Ministry has been receiving complaints regarding irregularities in Lalit Kala Akademi which is one of the Ministry’s autonomous organizations,” the spokesperson said, adding that the Akademi’s General Council and Executive Board are also non-functional since 2013 due to certain court cases.

He said that the principal executive officer (i.e. the Secretary) of Lalit Kala Akademi is currently under suspension due to a departmental inquiry that was ordered by the Akademi’s Chairman.

“Keeping in view the Akademi’s beleaguered administration and the substantial public interest involved in the Akademi’s vibrant and transparent functioning, the Central Government through the Ministry of Culture has invoked the relevant provisions in Lalit Kala Akademi’s Memorandum of Association for taking over the Akademi’s management with effect from April 1, 2015,” he said.

“Accordingly K K Mittal, IAS, Additional Secretary in Ministry of Culture has been appointed as the Central Government’s Administrator for Lalit Kala Akademi from such date, until further orders,” the spokesperson added.