Updated: July 27, 2021 8:27:55 pm
The Delhi government would recommend only names of doctors and healthcare workers for the Padma awards to the Centre, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said Tuesday.
Kejriwal said the names would be picked by a committee led by Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia after a consultative process with residents of the national capital.
The CM issued an email address, firstname.lastname@example.org, where people can send their recommendations. The Sisodia committee will shortlist and finalise the names to be forwarded to the Centre from the pool of suggestions.
Kejriwal said the suggestions from the public would be accepted till August 15. States and Union Territories are supposed to forward their recommendations to the Centre by September 15, he said.
“Every year, the nation honours a selected few personalities with the Padma awards. In this regard, the Centre writes to the states, seeking recommendations. This time, the Delhi government has decided to recommend the names of doctors and healthcare workers only,” Kejriwal said during a webcast.
Bharat Ratna is the highest civilian award in India, followed by Padma Vibushan, Padma Bhushan, and Padma Shri. Apart from doctors and healthcare workers, Kejriwal had earlier demanded Bharat Ratna for the late Chipko movement leader Sunderlal Bahuguna.
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