The Government of India released its list of those who will be receiving the Padma Awards – one of the highest civilian awards of the country. Among the noted personalities to receive the awards are BJP stalwarts like late Arun Jaitley (former Finance Minister), late Sushma Swaraj (former foreign minister) and late Manohar Parrikar (former Defence minister and Goa CM). Veteran socialist leader George Fernandes, who passed away last year, will be posthumously awarded the Padma Vibhushan.
Industrialist Anand Mahindra and sportspersons PV Sindhu and MC Mary Kom have also made to the list. The Padma Awards are conferred in three categories, namely, Padma Vibhushan, Padma Bhushan and Padma Shri. ‘Padma Vibhushan’ is awarded for exceptional and distinguished service; ‘Padma Bhushan’ for distinguished service of a high order and ‘Padma Shri’ for distinguished service in any field.
Congratulations to all those who have been conferred the Padma Awards. The awardees include extraordinary individuals who have made exceptional contributions to our society, nation and humanity. https://t.co/POdpBsPtq4— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) January 25, 2020
Padma Shri has been awarded to 118 people. Among them are Bollywood filmmakers Karan Johar, Ekta Kapoor, Kangana Ranaut and singer, musician, music composer Adnan Sami. British Conservative Party MP Bob Blackman, a staunch India supporter who regularly backs India on political platforms in the UK on issues like Kashmir and fight against terrorism, has been awarded Padma Shri too.