Union Tourism Minister Chiranjeevi is in a soup now. As a part of National Tourism Awards 2011-12 by the Union ministry of tourism, Apollo Hospitals, Hyderabad is selected for the “best medical tourism facility” award. This has raised many an eyebrow as promoters of the hospital are closely related to the tourism minister. Chiranjeevi’s son is married to Upasana, granddaughter of Apollo Hospitals chairman Pratap C. Reddy.
Interestingly, unlike other hospitals, Apollo Hospitals management did not apply for the award, but the state government through senior IAS officer Chandana Khan, special chief secretary (tourism and culture) did it on its behalf.