Padma awards are conferred in two ceremonies with 47 dignitaries receiving the honour on March 11, and 54 were honoured on Saturday.
Folk Singer Teejan Bai, Larsen and Toubro chairman Anil Kumar Naik, scientist S. Nambi Narayanan, actor Manoj Bajpayee and 106-year-old environmentalist Saalumarada Thimmakka were among the 54 noted citizens to be conferred with the Padma award by President Ram Nath Kovind here on Saturday.
Teejan Bai and Naik received the second highest civilian award Padma Vibhushan. RSS leader, Darshan Lal Jain who is trying to find the mythical river Saraswati, MDH founder CEO Mahashay Dharam Pal Gulati, medical professional Ashok Laxmanrao Kukade, Nambi Narayanan, mountaineer Bachendri Pal and former CAG V.K. Shunglu were among those awarded Padma Bhushan.
The ceremony in the imposing Durbar Hall of Rashtrapati Bhavan saw the attendance of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, his cabinet colleagues Rajnath Singh, Harsh Vardhan, Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore, Vijay Goel besides senior BJP leader L.K. Advani and senior government officials.
As many as 112 ‘inspiring’ personalities were selected for this year’s Padma awards and their names were announced on the eve of Republic Day this year. The awards were conferred in two ceremonies with 47 dignitaries receiving the honour on March 11, while 54 were honoured on Saturday.