UT sends two names for Padma Awards
On the last day of the deadline set by the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA), the Chandigarh Administration has recommended two names for the Padma Awards, 2015.
After getting approval from UT Administrator Kaptan Singh Solanki, the Administration has forwarded the names of Pandit Yashpal, a renowned exponent of classical music, and a sports psychologist, Dr Amit Bhattacharya, who was also the mental trainer of Olympic gold medal winner Abhinav Bindra.
Earlier, the Administration had shortlisted 12 names, but finally only two names were approved, sources said.
For the Padma Awards, 2015, the Centre had invited nominations by September 15. In the past four years, the local Administration has failed to meet the deadline set by the Centre for the submission of nominations for these prestigious awards. Prior to that, the Administration had not sent any name for these awards for three years. The Padma Committee invites recommendations from states and union territories. These are then assessed and the shortlisted names are sent to the Prime Minister’s Office. The awards are given by the President on January 26.
About the awards
The civilian awards are conferred in three categories — Padma Vibhushan, Padma Bhushan and Padma Shri — in the fields of art, literature and education, sports, medicine, social work, science and engineering, public affairs, civil service and trade and industry. The Padma Vibhushan is given for exceptional and distinguished service, while the Padma Bhushan is for distinguished service of a high order and the Padma Shri is awarded for distinguished service.