Decision to honour Sachin Tendulkar with Bharat Ratna taken in 24 hours, reveals RTI

Sachin Tendulkar is the first sportsperson to receive the Bharat Ratna. He retired from international cricket after playing his 200th Test against West Indies on his home ground in Mumbai on November 16 2013.

updated: February 03, 2014 19:25 IST
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New Delhi: The process of conferring the country's highest civilian honour Bharat Ratna on batting maestro Sachin Tendulkar was initiated on the first day of his farewell 200th cricket Test on November 14, 2013 and the announcement made two days later, according to an RTI reply.

A message was sent to Sports Ministry by the Prime Minister's Office(PMO) signed by Director Rajeev Topno for sending a bio-data of Tendulkar in a faxed format at 1.35 pm on November 14, 2013, according to a document provided by the PMO to sports enthusiast Hemant Dube in response to a Right to Information(RTI) query.

Acting on it, the Sports Ministry sent the desired bio-data in the requested format to the PMO at 5.22 pm. The bio-data was sent by SPS Tomar, Under Secretary, Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, with the approval of the Secretary, Sports.

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