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Nation takes pride in accomplishments of Padma awardees: PM Modi

New Delhi : Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday lauded Padma Awardees and said that the country takes great pride in their accomplishments and contribution to society. "Joined the ceremony in which Padma Awards were conferred on distinguished people from different walks of life. We take great pride in their accomplishments and contribution to society," tweeted PM Modi. PM Modi also shared group photos clicked with Padma Awardees that also include President Ram Nath Kovind, Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu, Home Minister Amit Shah and various other Union Ministers. Radhey Shyam, General Bipin Rawat (Posthumous), Ghulam Nabi Azad, Gurmeet Bawa (Posthumous), N. Chandrasekharan, Devendra Jhajharia, Rashid Khan, Rajiv Mehrishi, Cyrus Poonawalla and Shri Sachchidanand Swami are some of the prominent names who were conferred with Padma Awards on Monday. The Awards are conferred in three categories, namely, Padma Vibhushan, Padma Bhushan and Padma Shri. '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. These Awards are given in various disciplines/ fields of activities such as art, social work, public affairs, science and engineering, trade and industry, medicine, literature and education, sports, civil service, etc. The awards are announced on the occasion of Republic Day every year. The awards are conferred by the President of India at ceremonial functions which are held at Rashtrapati Bhawan. This year a total of 128 Padma Awards are being conferred, including two duo case (in a duo case, the Award is counted as one). The list of awardees comprises four 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.

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