Arun Jaitley, Sushma Swaraj, Mary Kom Among 141 Padma Awards Recipients
Padma Awards 2020: Arun Jaitley and Sushma Swaraj had died last year (File)
Former central ministers Arun Jaitley, Sushma Swaraj and George Fernandes, have been posthumously awarded with Padma Vibhushan, India's second highest civilian honour, the Ministry of Home Affairs announced on Saturday. Former Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar has been honoured with Padma Bhushan, the third highest civilian award. All the four BJP stalwarts had died last year.
This year's Padma Awards' list includes 7 Padma Vibhushan, 16 Padma Bhushan and 118 Padma Shri Awards (fourth highest civilian honour); 34 of the awardees are women, the statement said.
Olympic medal winner boxer MC Mary Kom MC Mary Kom has been honoured with Padma Vibhushan. Another Olympic medal winner, badminton star PV Sindhu, has been conferred with Padma Bhushan.
Renowned classical singer from Varanasi, Chhannulal Mishra is among the Padma Vibhushan awardees; whereas playback singer Suresh Wadkar has been awarded the fourth highest civilian honour.
Bollywood personalities - Karan Johar, Ekta Kapoor and Kangana Ranaut- are among the Padma Shri awardees.
18 persons from the category of Foreigners/NRI/PIO/OCI have also been awarded. Mauritius prime minister Anerood Gugnauth has got the second highest civilian honour.
Industrialists Anand Mahindra and Venu Shrinivasan, former Nagaland chief minister SC Jamir and Jammu and Kashmir politician Muzaffar Hussain Baig have been awarded with the Padma Bhushan.
Naukri.com founder Sanjeev Bikhchandani, industrialist Bharat Goenka, technocrat Nemnath Jain have been given Padma Shri.
'Padma Vibhushan' is awarded for exceptional and distinguished service; 'Padma Bhushan' for distinguished service of high order and 'Padma Shri' for distinguished service in any field. The awards are announced on the occasion of Republic Day every year.