GUWAHATI: The highest civilian awards in the country – the Padma Awards for the year 2022– were announced on Tuesday on the eve of Republic Day. It is a matter of pride for the Northeast that eight distinguished persons have been selected for the Padma Shri award.
Shakuntala Choudhury (Social Work) and Dhaneswar Engti (Literature and Education) from Assam; Manipur's Lourembam Bino Devi (Art), Muktamani Devi (Trade and Industry) and Konsam Ibomcha Singh (Art); T. Senko Ao (Literature and Education) of Nagaland; VL Nghaka (Literature and Education) of Mizoram; and Badaplin War (Literature and Education) of Meghalaya have been selected for the prestigious Padma Shri awards.
Padma Awards are awarded to citizens of India for their distinguished contribution in various fields of activity like education, arts, literature, science, acting, social service and public affairs.
The awards are divided into three categories – Padma Vibhushan, Padma Bhushan and Padma Shri, listed in descending order of their honour. These awards are conferred by the President of India at ceremonial functions which are held at the Rashtrapati Bhavan, usually around March/ April every year. This year the President has approved the conferment of 128 Padma Awards. The list comprises 4 Padma Vibhushan, 17 Padma Bhushan and 107 Padma Shri Awards.