New Delhi Jan 26: Union Government on Thursday has announced recipients of Padma Awards on the Occasion of Republic Day and these awards would be presented by Ramnath Kovind.
Padma awards are being awarded to 85 recipients. These include 3 Padma Vibhushan, 9 Padma Bhushan, and 73 Padma Sri Awards.
16 awardees were either foreigners, PIOs, or NRIs, Three of the awards were conferred posthumously.
Ministry of home affairs said that "Over 15,700 applications were received for this year's awards."
Scientist toymaker Arvind Gupta, healer Lakshmikutty, Gond artist Bhajju Shyam, 98-year-old social worker Sudhanshu Biswas, and 'father of palliative care in India' MR Rajagopal, activists Rani and Abhay Bang, social worker Lentina Ao Thakkar, wildlife conservationist Romulus Whitaker, Sampat Ramteke, Sanduk Ruit.
India's first Paralympic gold medalist Murlikant Petkar, plastic road maker Rajagopalan Vasudevan, a housemaid who built a hospital for the poor Subhasini Mistry, midwife Sulagatti Narasamma, Tamil folk art exponent Vijayalakshmi, and monk physician Yeshi Dhoden are also among Padma Shri recipients.
The list of Padma Shri awardees also includes one recipient from each ASEAN country, a move to commemorate the silver jubilee of the India-ASEAN partnership.
Cricketer and former India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni received the Padma Bhushan. Billiards player Pankaj Advani, Philipose Mar Chrysostom, Alexander Kadakia, Ramachandram Nagaswamy, Laxman Pai, Ved Prakash Nanda, Arvind Parikh, and Sharda Sinha have also received awards
Senior RSS ideologue P Parameswaran, Music composer Illaiyaraja and Ghulam Mustafa Khan.