14 from Northeast get Padma awards

As many as 14 personalities from northeast states have been awarded Padma awards that were declared on January 25. Among others, former Assam chief minister Tarun Gogoi has been awarded Padma Bhushan posthumously for his service to public affairs.

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Apart from that, others who have been named for Padma Shri from Assam are Lakhimi Baruah who single-handedly established an all-women bank and anti-witch-hunting crusader Birubala Rabha for social work, Gopiram Bargayn Burabhakat and Dulal Manki for art, Bijoya Chakravarty for public affairs, Mangal Singh Hazowary and Imran Shah for literature and education besides Roman Sarmah for literature, education and journalism.

Rewben Mashangva and Radhe Devi from Manipur have been named for Padma Shri for art. Arunachal Pradesh’s world record-holder mountaineer Anshu Jamsenpa for sports, Sangkhumi Bualchhuak of Mizoram for social work and Satyaram Reang from Tripura for art, have also been featured in the list of Padma Shri.

The Padma awards are conferred by the president at ceremonial functions which are held at Rashtrapati Bhawan usually around March/April every year.

This year, seven personalities have been named for Padma Vibhushan, 10 for Padma Bhushan and 102 Padma Shri awards.  Among these, 29 awardees are women and the list also includes 10 persons from the category of foreigners/NRI/PIO (Persons of Indian Origin) / OCI (Overseas Citizenship of India). There are 16 posthumous awardees and one transgender awardee.

Assam chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal congratulated the Padma awards winners. “Congratulations to all Padma Awardees on the eve of the 72nd Republic Day. I would like to thank PM Shri @narendramodi ji and HM Shri @AmitShah ji for bestowing the prestigious awards on some of the most prominent personalities of Assam. #PadmaAwards,” Sonowal tweeted.

Arunachal CM Pema Khandu also extended his congratulatory message on the announcement of the Padma awards. In a tweet, he said: “Congratulations to sister Anshu Jamshenpa from #Arunachal on being conferred with prestigious #PadmaShri Award. Sister Anshu is no ordinary woman. A mother of two, she scaled the World’s Highest Peak, #MtEverest twice in 5 days to become first in the world. Best wishes!”

Khandu also said, “My profound respect to one of the tallest figure of #NorthEast late Shri #TarunGogoi Ji. Immensely happy that Shri Gogoi Ji is being conferred with #PadmaBhushan (posthumously). A heartwarming gesture to bestow such a great honour to a venerated public figure.”


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