The decision to confer the Bharat Ratna on Sachin Tendulkar when he was playing his 200th and last Test in November was marked by slog-over urgency showed by the PMO.
The process began on November 14, the day the Test began at the Wankhede stadium in Mumbai, and was completed on November 16, the PMO has said in reply to an RTI query.
The office, however, took 51 days to share the information with Betul-based tax consultant Hemant Dubey, who is a hockey lover and wants the same honour for Dhyan Chand.
The name of the hockey wizard had been proposed by the sports ministry much before but the PMO chose Tendulkar seeking and getting his bio-data within four hours on November 14.
The PMO wrote the next day to the President who played ball and the announcement was made on November 16. The PM sent a congratulatory letter to Sachin on November 17.
Dubey had sought certified copies of all documents related to conferring the award on Tendulkar in his application dated November 21 that was received at the PMO on November 27.
More than a month later, he was told “the communication between the Prime Minister and the President is a privileged communication under provisions of Article 74 (2) of the Constitution and is not to be disclosed. However, a copy of the relevant file noting and correspondence pertaining to the award of Bharat Ratna to Sachin Tendulkar, excluding the privileged communication running into 14 pages can be provided.’’
Dubey, 44, said he did not see why Dhyan Chand could not be given the honour considering his contribution to the national game.