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2019 Civil Investiture Ceremony: President Ram Nath Kovind Confers Padma Awards On Eminent Personalities

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| March 16 , 2019 , 19:03 IST

President Ram Nath Kovind today conferred Padma awards on prominent personalities at a civil investiture ceremony at Durbar Hall in Rashtrapati Bhawan.

Folk Singer Teejan Bai, Larsen and Toubro chairman Anil Kumar Naik, scientist S. Nambi Narayanan, actor Manoj Bajpayee and 106-year-old environmentalist Saalumarada Thimmakka were among the 54 noted citizens to be conferred with the Padma award.

Folk Singer from Chhattisgarh Teejan Bai was honored with Padma Vibhushan and Scientist Nambi Narayan was given the Padma Bhusan. Actor Manoj Bajpayee, Cricketer Gautam Gambhir, Basketball player Prashanti Singh, Footballer Sunil Chhetri, mountaineer Bachendri Pal were among the Padma Shri Awardees.

As many as 112 ‘inspiring’ personalities were selected for this year’s Padma awards and their names were announced on the eve of Republic Day this year. The awards were conferred in two ceremonies with 47 dignitaries receiving the honor on March 11, while 54 were honored on Saturday.

The nomination process for Padma awards was made online in 2016 and a simple, accessible and secure online platform was put in place to encourage citizens at large to participate.

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Erstwhile ''Government Awards'' transformed into ''Peoples Awards'', another official said. A record 50,000 nominations were received for the 2019 awards, which is 20 times those received in 2014 when there were just 2,200 nominations.