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Padma Awards 2020 Awardees List
The Padma Awards were announced on the eve of Republic Day. Seven celebrities including Arun Jaitley, Sushma Swaraj, George Fernandes and Chhannulal Mishra were given the Padma Vibhushan and 16 celebrities were given the Padma Bhushan.
Apart from this, it was announced to give Padma Shri award to 21 celebrities who have done commendable work in various fields. These include 21 people including Jagdish Lal Ahuja, popularly known as Langar Baba, Mohammad Sharif, who cremated 21 thousand unclaimed dead bodies, Javed Ahmed Tak, who works for children with disabilities in Kashmir, Tulsi Gowda known as the Encyclopaia of the forests are included.
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.
These awards are conferred by the President of India at ceremonial functions which are held at Rashtrapati Bhawan usually around March/ April every year. This year the President has approved conferment of 141 Padma Awards including 4 duo cases (in a duo case, the Award is counted as one) as per list below. The list comprises 7 Padma Vibhushan, 16 Padma Bhushan and 118 Padma Shri Awards. 34 of the awardees are women and the list also includes 18 persons from the category of Foreigners/NRI/PIO/OCI and 12 Posthumous awardees.