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President Kovind confers Padma awards to 54 distinguished personalities

President Kovind confers Padma awards to 54 distinguished personalities

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India’s first Chief of Defence Workers Common Bipin Rawat, who died in a chopper crash final December, late Radheshyam Khemka, former chairman of Gita Press that publishes Hindu spiritual books, and Congress chief Ghulam Nabi Azad have been amongst 54 distinguished personalities who have been conferred Padma awards by President Ram Nath Kovind on Monday.

Whereas Rawat and Khemka got Padma Vibhushan, the nation’s second-highest civilian award, posthumously, Azad, Tata Sons chairman N Chandrasekharan, former CAG Rajiv Mehrishi, founding father of Serum Institute of India that made COVID-19 vaccine Covishield Cyrus Poonawalla have been among the many eight honoured with Padma Bhushan, the nation’s third-highest civilian award, at a civil investiture ceremony held at Rashtrapati Bhavan.

This yr, no names have been introduced for ‘Bharat Ratna’, India’s highest civilian award, which was final awarded in 2019 to former president Pranab Mukherjee, social reformer Nanaji Deshmukh and famous singer Bhupen Hazarika.

The award for Rawat was acquired by his daughters whereas a detailed member of the family acquired the award for Khemka.

Lots of those that acquired the Padma awards have been ”unsung heroes”, together with 125-year-old yoga practitioner Swami Sivananda.

Members of the viewers clapped as a bare-feet Sivananda, wearing a easy white kurta and dhoti, knelt earlier than Prime Minister Narendra Modi who promptly acquired up and bowed, touching the bottom as he returned the greeting.

These awards are given in varied disciplines and fields akin to artwork, social work, public affairs, science and engineering, commerce and trade, drugs, literature and schooling, sports activities, civil service, and so forth.

The Narendra Modi authorities has been honouring many such ”unsung heroes” who’ve been contributing to society in several methods with Padma awards since 2014 when it got here to energy for the primary time.

Among the many dignitaries current on the event have been Vice President Venkaiah Naidu and Union Dwelling Minister Amit Shah.

‘Padma Vibhushan’ is awarded for distinctive and distinguished service; ‘Padma Bhushan’ for distinguished service of excessive order and ‘Padma Shri’ for distinguished service in any area.

The awards are introduced on the eve of Republic Day yearly and are conferred by the President at ceremonial capabilities that are held at Rashtrapati Bhawan.

This yr a complete of 128 Padma awards are being conferred, together with two duo instances (in a duo case, the award is counted as one). The checklist of awardees contains 4 Padma Vibhushan, 17 Padma Bhushan and 107 Padma Shri awards.

As many as 34 of the awardees are girls and the checklist additionally contains 10 individuals from the class of Foreigners, NRI, PIO, OCI and 13 posthumous awardees. The second civil investiture ceremony is scheduled to be held on March 28.

Former West Bengal chief minister and CPI-M chief Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee, who was among the many Padma Bhushan awardees, had refused to simply accept the honour.

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