Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader Sharad Pawar, former Speaker of the Lok Sabha P.A. Sangma and senior BJP leader Murli Manohar Joshi were on Wednesday conferred the Padma Vibhushan, the second highest civilian honour in the country.
A senior government official said that this year more than 15 unsung persons were chosen for the awards and special emphasis was laid on recognition to people who rendered selfless service at the grassroots.
Award for Cho
Journalist and political satirist Cho Ramaswamy, who died last year, was conferred the Padma Bhushan while spiritual guru Jaggi Vasudev was awarded the Padma Vibhushan.
Former Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Sunder Lal Patwa was given the Padma Vibhushan posthumously.
This year the President of India has approved conferment of Padma Awards on 89 persons comprising seven Padma Vibhushans, seven Padma Bhushans and 75 Padma Shri awards; 19 awardees are women.
Legendary singer K.J. Yesudas was accorded the second highest civilian honour. Not many famous film personalities featured in the list.