New Delhi: Padma Awards – one of the highest civilian Awards of the country, were conferred in three categories, Padma Vibhushan, Padma Bhushan and Padma Shri today. The awards were given in various disciplines/ fields of activities, viz.- art, social work, public affairs, science and engineering, trade and industry, medicine, literature and education, sports, civil service, etc.
‘Padma Vibhushan’ was awarded for exceptional and distinguished service; ‘Padma Bhushan’ for distinguished service of high order and ‘Padma Shri’ for distinguished service in any field.
These awards are conferred by the President of India at ceremonial functions which are held at Rashtrapati Bhawan usually around March/ April every year. This year the President has approved conferment of 119 Padma Awards including 1 duo case (in a duo case, the Award is counted as one).
Seven Padma Vibhushan, 10 Padma Bhushan and 102 Padma Shri Awards were awarded this year.
A total of 29 of the awardees are women. Also, 10 persons from the category of Foreigners/NRI/PIO/OCI, 16 Posthumous awardees and 1 transgender awardee in the award list.
Renowned sculptor Sudarshan Sahoo from Odisha will receive Padma Vibhushan for his distinguished work in the field of Art.
Five personalities from Odisha from different fields were awarded Padma Shri this year.
Shanti Devi was awarded Padma Shri for her distinguished service in the field of Social Work.
Purnamasi Jani will receive Padma Shri for the work in Art field. Rajat Kumar Kar will get the award in Literature and Education, Krishna Mohan Pathi in Medicine and Nanda Prusty in Literature and Education field.