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President confers Padma awards on 47 'inspiring' personalities

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Forty-seven prominent personalities, including Mohanlal, former S Jaishankar, Singh and (posthumous), were conferred the Padma awards by here on Monday.

leader (Padma Bhushan), former of multinational (Padma Bhushan) and and filmmaker Prabhu Deva (Padma Shri) were also honoured at a special function held at which was attended by Narendra Modi, among others.

While Viswanathan Mohanlal, and Nayar (posthumous) were conferred the Padma Bhushan, Jaishankar was honoured with the Nayar's wife received the award from the

The Padma Awards - one of the highest civilian awards of the country -- are conferred in three categories: the Padma Vibhushan, the and the

As many as 112 "inspiring" personalities were selected for this year's Padma awards and their names were announced on the eve of this year. The remaining awardees are likely to be conferred the honour at another function to be held on March 16, a said.

Other notable awardees include (Padma Shri), former of Sabha Karia Munda (Padma Bhushan), physicians and (both Padma Shri) and (Padma Shri).

This year's awardees are from across the nation, all segments of society and the government has gone beyond excellence alone, recognising larger impact and their selfless service, an said.

The nomination process for Padma awards was made online in 2016 and a simple, accessible and secure platform was put in place to encourage citizens at large to participate. Erstwhile 'Government Awards' transformed into 'Peoples Awards', another said.

A record 50,000 nominations were received for the 2019 awards, over 20 times more than 2014, when there were just 2,200 nominations.

The technological intervention has made the nomination process accessible to the people at large and the emphasis of the government to confer Padma awards on unsung heroes, who are doing selfless service for the nation, have resulted into the above transformation. This is reflected in the awardees selected with an eclectic list, covering diverse fields, the official said.

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First Published: Mon, March 11 2019. 13:10 IST