Five people from Bihar have been selected for Padma awards this year. Former union minister Ram Vilas Paswan will be conferred Padma Bhushan (posthumous), while four people including former Governor of Goa Mridula Sinha, will be conferred Padma Shri.
Padma Bhushan is the third highest civilian honour in the country, while Padma Shri is the fourth highest. Total 119 Padma awards were announced on the eve of 72nd Republic Day. This includes seven Padma Vibhushan, 10 Padma Bhushan and 102 Padma Shri.
Mridula Sinha, who served as the governor of Goa from August 2014 to October 2019 will be conferred Padma Shri posthumously. She died on 18th November 2020. Sinha will be conferred the award for her extraordinary contribution in the filed of literature and education.
Dulari Devi, a Madhubani painting artist, will be conferred Padma Shri for the contribution in filed of art. Devi is a renowned Madhubani painting artist. She was also conferred Bihar State Award for Excellence in Art 2012-13.
Ramachandra Manjhi, who is credited for taking forward a famous art form of Bhojpur belt after the demise of Bhikhari Thakur in 1971, will be conferred Padma Shri for his contribution in the field of art. Manjhi is considered to be the last living artist of the theatre troupe of veteran Bhojpuri poet, lyricist, folk dancer and social activist Bhikhari Thakur.
Dr Dilip Kumar Singh will be conferred Padma Shri for his contribution in the field of medicine. Dr. Singh is from Pirpainti block of Bhagalpur district. He is a general medical practitioner. 93 year old Dr Singh has spent major part of his career as a practising doctor in rural areas. Dr Singh started medical practice in Pirpainti in 1952, when there was no electricity and roads. He used to go to villages on Horseback.
Padma awards are announced every year on the eve of Republic Day. These awards are conferred by the President of India at ceremonial functions which are held at Rashtrapati Bhawan usually around March/ April every year.
“We are proud of all those who have been conferred the Padma Awards. India cherishes their contribution to the nation and humanity at large. These exceptional individuals from different walks of life have brought qualitative changes in the lives of others,” Prime Minister Narendra Modi said in a tweet lauding the contribution of people who have been listed for the awards.
Padma awards, one of the highest civilian honours in the country, 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.
This year 29 of the awardees are women. The list of awardees this year also includes 10 persons from the category of Foreigners/NRI/PIO/OCI, 16 Posthumous awardees and 1 transgender awardee.
Chief Minister Nitish Kumar expressed pleasure on selection of five people for Padma awards this year. In a message Kumar congratulated all the awardees.
The country’s highest civilian award Bharat Ratna was not announced this year.
Meanwhile, Nitish Kumar demanded that