Mulayam Singh Yadav, Zakir Hussain, KM Birla and Sudha Murty are among the 106 Padma Award recipients this year. The government announced the names on the eve of the 74th Republic Day.
Padma Awards – one of the highest civilian awards in the country – are awarded in three categories, namely Padma Vibhushan, Padma Bhushan and Padma Shri, for excellence in various disciplines and fields of activity such as arts, social work, public affairs, science and engineering, commerce and industry, medicine, literature and education, sports, civil service, etc.
Mr. Yadav, the late head of the Samajwadi party, has been awarded the Padma Vibhushan in public affairs. Mr. Hussain received the Padma Vibhushan in the field of arts. Mr. Birla was awarded the Padma Bhushan for commerce and industry. Mrs. Murty was awarded the Padma Bhushan for Social Work.
The Padma Vibhushan is awarded for exceptional and outstanding service; Padma Bhushan for excellent service of high order, and the Padma Shri for outstanding service in every field.
These awards will be presented by President Droupadi Murmu at ceremonial functions held at the Rashtrapati Bhawan, usually around March and April.
This year, the president has approved 106 Padma Awards, including 3 duo cases (in a duo
case, the reward is counted as one).
The list includes six Padma Vibhushan, nine Padma Bhushan and 91 Padma Shri Awards.