Bhubaneswar: Eminent litterateur Manoj Das have been selected to get Padma Bhusan award. Padma Awards are the highest civilian awards of the country after Bharat Ratna.
Similarly, the nine other Odia personalities have also been selected for Padma Shri awardees in different fields.
- Dr Digambar Behera from Chandigarh (Medicine)
- Dr Damayanti Beshra (Literature and Education)
- Utsav Charan Das (Art)
- Mitrabhanu Gountia (Art)
- Manmohan Mahapatra (Posthumous) Art
- Binapani Mohanty (Literature and Education),
- Dr Prasanta Kumar Pattanaik from USA (Literature and Education)
- Radhammohan and his daughter Sabarmatee (Agriculture)
- Batakrushna Sahoo Others-Animal Husbandry
The Padma Awards – one of the highest civilian awards of the country – are conferred in three categories – the Padma Vibhushan, the Padma Bhushan and the Padma Shri.
The Awards are given in various disciplines and fields of activities like 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 four duo cases (in a duo case, the Award is counted as one). 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.