Gautam Gambhir, Sunil Chhetri, Bajrang Punia Among Sportspersons Named As Recipients Of Padma Shri
112 recipients of Padma Awards were named on Friday. The awards will be given this year by the President of India.
Former India cricketer Gautam Gambhir, Indian football captain Sunil Chhetri and freestyle wrestler Bajrang Punia are among eight sportspersons who will get Padma Shri awards this year. It was announced by the Ministry of Home Affairs on Friday. The other sport personalities are Prashanti Singh (baskeball), Sharath Kamal (Table Tennis), Harika Dronavalli (Chess), L Bombayla Devi (Archery) and Shri Ajay Thakur (Kabaddi). However, mountaineer Bachendri Pal has also been named in the list of Padma Awards and will receive the Padma Bhushan.
The Padma Shri is the fourth-highest civilian honour -- after the Bharat Ratna, Padma Vibhushan and Padma Bhushan.
This year, a list of 112 recipients of the Padma Awards were named, which comprises four Padma Vibhushan, 14 Padma Bhushan and 94 Padma Shri recipients.
Of the 112 recipients, 21 are women and 11 foreigners or NRIs, three posthumous awardees and one transgender person.
One of the highest civilian awards of the country, Padma Awards are conferred in three categories, namely, Padma Vibhushan, Padma Bhushan and Padma Shri.
The '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 given in various disciplines of activities, art, social work, public affairs, science and engineering, trade and industry, medicine, literature and education, sports, civil service.