Bhubaneswar: Padma Awards – one of the highest civilian Awards of the country, are conferred in three categories, namely, Padma Vibhushan, Padma Bhushan, and Padma Shri. The awards are announced on the occasion of Republic Day every year.
This year, six Odias are going to receive these prestigious awards for their notable contribution towards the welfare of society. They are:
- Sudarshan Sahoo for Art;
- Shanti Devi in the field of Social Work;
- Purnamasi Jani for Art;
- Rajat Kumar Kar in the field of Literature and Education;
- Dr Krishna Mohan Pathi in the field of Medicine; and
- Nanda Prusty for Literature and Education.
Sudarshan Sahoo is among the seven noted personalities who will receive the Padma Vibhushan award this year. The rest of the five dignitaries from Odisha will be conferred with the Padma Shri award this year on Republic Day for the service in their respective fields.
“I dedicate this award to the people of Odisha. I had never expected that I would receive the award at the age of 83. I am thankful to the Centre and the state government,” said sculptor Sudarshan Sahoo.
The Awards are 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’ 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.
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) as per list below.
The list comprises 7 Padma Vibhushan, 10 Padma Bhushan and 102 Padma Shri Awards. 29 of the awardees are women and the list also includes 10 persons from the category of Foreigners/NRI/PIO/OCI, 16 Posthumous awardees and 1 transgender awardee.
Below is the complete list of the Padma Awardees this year: