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Monthly grant of widow of Melville De Mellow restored
New Delhi | Sunday, Sep 23 2012 IST
 
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Prasar Bharti has restored monthly grant to Emma De Mellow, widow of world famous commentator of All India Radio of his time Melville De Mellow, who had created a record of its kind by giving a non-stop account for seven hours of Mahatma Gandhi's last journey.

In a goodwill gesture towards the fond memories of the late commentator, Prasar Bharti has not only restored the monthly grant to Ms Emma De Mellow, but has also enhanced the same from Rs 1500 to Rs 5000, Minister of Information and Broadcasting Ambika Soni informed this recently to Goan MP Shantaram Naik, who had raised the issue in Parliament.

The Prasar Bharti has also sanctioned a special grant of financial assistance of Rs 50,000 as a special award and as a one time measure to Ms De Mellow, Ms Soni said in her letter.

Ms De Mellow had rendered seven hours of commentary from a van of All India Radio on Mahatma Gandhi's last journey from Birla House to Rajghat in 1948. Welcoming the decision, Mr Naik stated that Melville De Mellow carried an iconic stature as a commentator and newscaster in the All India Radio. "De Mellow's radio commentary of India-Pakistan Hockey Match was also an event to be remembered," he recalled.

The commentary of Republic Day Parade, rendered by him for several years, is remembered, even today, decades after he passed away at the age of 76 in 1989, Mr Naik said.

The pension that was granted to her in March, 2008 was discontinued on the grounds that there was no provision to that effect, and Mr Oscar Fernandes, General Secretary of AICC had also written to the Minister in this regard. UNI MK BDP 1342 NNNN

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