The government of India announced the list of Padma Awards for this year on Tuesday, January 25, where two people from the northeastern state of Assam have been named to the Padma Shri Award list.
It is a source of pride for Assam that two eminent Assamese personalities will receive the most prestigious Padma Shri Award in 2022.
According to the Centre’s Award list, Shakuntala Choudhary of Assam has been chosen for her contribution to social work for the benefit of society.
Notably, Shakuntala Choudhary was previously awarded the National Awards for Senior Citizens – Vayoshestha Samman by the Government of India in the year 2021.
Miss Shakuntala worked as the supervisor at the Kasturba Ashram in Guwahati, Assam, and is a well-known social worker in the state.
She has made significant contributions to the well-being and empowerment of women throughout the country.
Dhaneswar Engti of Assam’s Karbi Anglong district is another eminent personality who will receive the Padma Shri Award in 2022.
Dhaneswar Engti is a well-known lyricist and writer who has made significant contributions to Karbi music and literature.
Engti has been chosen for the most prestigious work in the field of Literature and Education.
Notably, the renowned writer previously received the prestigious Kristinandan Literary Award in 2017.
Meanwhile, Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma took to Twitter to express his delight at the two eminent personalities’ achievements and to congratulate them on their selection for the most prestigious Padma awards.
In a tweet, the chief minister stated that Dhaneswar Engti’s contribution to Karbi music and literature will be remembered forever, even by future generations.
He stated about Shakuntala Choudhary’s selection for the Padma Shri Award that Shakuntala Choudhary has devoted her entire life to the service of mankind, and the Padma awards are a fitting tribute to her contribution to society.
It should be noted that six distinguished individuals from the Northeast will receive the fourth highest civilian award, the Padma Shri, in 2022.
Padma Awards 2022
This year’s Padma Awards will be held at the Rashtrapati Bhavan. President Ram Nath Kovind will bestow the Padma Shri award on 74 distinguished individuals on Monday, including former BJP leader late Kalyan Singh and actor Victor Banerjee, at a civil investiture ceremony at Rashtrapati Bhavan.
This year, 128 Padma awards are being given out, and the first civil investiture ceremony was held on March 21st, with 54 people receiving the honour. Padma Vibhushan, Padma Bhushan, and Padma Shri are the three categories of awards.
This year’s Padma awards list includes four Padma Vibhushan awards, 17 Padma Bhushan awards, and 107 Padma Shri awards.
Thirty-four of the awardees are women, and the list also includes 10 Foreigners, Non-Resident Indians, and Overseas Citizens of India, as well as 13 posthumous awardees.
Moreover, President Ram Nath Kovind bestowed the Padma Shri on Tokyo Olympics gold medalist Neeraj Chopra.
Former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Kalyan Singh was posthumously awarded the Padma Vibhushan for his contributions to public affairs.
Notably, Abdul Khader Nadakattin, a grassroots agricultural innovator from Karnataka’s Dharwad, received the Padma Shri award from President Ram Nath Kovind. He is credited with over 40 innovations that benefit small and marginal farmers throughout India.
Rutger Kortenhorst, an Irish professor, was also honoured with the Padma Shri for his contributions to the popularisation of Sanskrit in Irish schools.
“I work to promote Sanskrit because I love this language. I live in Ireland where we teach our students the Sanskrit language. Sanskrit gives people a deeper understanding of themselves. I am delighted and honoured to receive the Padma Shri Award,” Kortenhorst said.