Shaibal Gupta, Acharya Chandanaji from Bihar are among 128 Padma Awardees in 2022

On the eve of the 73rd Republic Day, President Ram Nath Kovind approved conferment of 128 Padma Awards for the year 2022. Out of these only two are from Bihar. Two persons who have been selected for Padma Awards 2022 are academician and founder of think-tank Asian Development Research Institute (ADRI) Shaibal Gupta, who passed away last year, and social worker Acharya Chandanaji.

Shaibal Gupta will be honoured with Padma Shri Posthumously, while Acharya Chandanaji will also be conferred Padma Shri.

This year total 128 Padma Awards will be conferred. This includes 2 duo case (in a duo case, the Award is counted as one). The list comprises 4 Padma Vibhushan, 17 Padma Bhushan and 107 Padma Shri Awards. 34 of the awardees are women and the list also includes 10 persons from the category of Foreigners/NRI/PIO/OCI and 13 Posthumous awardees.

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 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 high order and ‘Padma Shri’ for distinguished service in any field. The awards are announced on the occasion of Republic Day every year.

General Bipin Rawat, India’s first Chief of Defence Staff who was killed last year in a helicopter crash, vaccine makers Krishna Ella, Suchitra Ella, Cyrus Poonawalla, opposition politicians Ghulam Nabi Azad, Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee, and Indian-origin Silicon Valley titans Satya Nadella and Sundar Pichai are among those who have been selected for this year’s Padma Awards.

General Rawat will be honoured with India’s second-highest civilian award, the Padma Vibhushan, along with former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Kalyan Singh.

Former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad of the Congress and former West Bengal Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) have been named for the third-highest honours – Padma Bhushan.

Other who have been selected for Padma Bhushan honour are actor Victor Banerjee, who appears in English, Hindi, Bengali and Assamese language, Punjabi singer Gurmeet Bawa, Natarajan Chandrasekaran,  Krishna Ella and Suchitra Ella, Madhur Jaftfery, Devendra Jhajharia, Rashid Khan, Rajiv Mehrishi, Satya Narayana Nadella, Sundararajan Pichai, Cyrus Poonawalla, Sanjaya Rajaram, Pratibha Ray, Swami Sachidanand and Vashishth Tripathi.

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