Akshay thanks govt for Rajesh Khanna's Padma honour

Actor Akshay Kumar said he and his family are thankful to the government for honouring his father-in-law, superstar Rajesh Khanna, posthumously with the Padma Bhushan.

Khanna, who passed away in July last year, was conferred with India’s third highest civilian honour on Friday. “We are thankful to the government for the recognition,” said Akshay.

The 45-year-old actor, who was here for the promotion of his upcoming film Special 26, also championed the cause of the girl child, saying that the government should come up with a scheme to provide financial support to families welcoming a female newborn.

Akshay, who became a father in September 2012 after wife Twinkle Khanna gave birth to a baby girl, said the nation needs to promote the birth of female child and a positive atmosphere for them to grow. “We need to tell people that there is nothing wrong with the birth of girls. There are some places in the country where even today the birth of a daughter is not welcomed and we need to change the situation,” Akshay said.

“The government and we should help them financially. There should be a scheme which involves monetary benefit on the birth of a girl child so that their birth could be promoted.” he added.

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