Call it disrespect to the efforts and distinguished work of city residents or a neglect of duty, but all indications are that the UT administration will fail to send its nominees for the Padma Awards-2015 to the Centre in time, thereby depriving the city of a possible shot at glory on the national stage.
With September 15 (Monday) the deadline for forwarding the names, HT has learnt that even as the administration has received 15 applications, the process to shortlist these is yet to begin.
So, in all likelihood, the deadline will be missed as the notification issued by ministry of home
affairs (MHA) states that nominations sent after the expiry of deadline will not be considered.
THE USUAL PRACTICE
A committee formed under the chairmanship of UT adviser KK Sharma is to consider and vet the names and the names are finalized only after are approved by the UT administrator Shivraj Patil.
When contacted, UT director public relation-cum-joint secretary home MM Sabharwal said: "The process of finalising names will be completed shortly and forwarded to the Government of India."
In the last three years, the local administration has failed to meet the deadline set by the Government of India for submission of nominations for these prestigious awards.
Prior to this, the administration had not sent any name for these awards for three years.
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PADMA AWARDS 2014
LAST DATE OCTOBER 15
NAMES FORWARDED NOVEMBER 10
The administration forwarded five names -- Harpal Singh, chairman and managing director of Synergy Group; Prof Harnam Singh Hans, emeritus professor in department of physics, Panjab University; Dr Jagdish Jaggi, a homeopathic doctor; Harinder Pal Singh, who is 70% physically challenged; and Rajinder Bagga, who has been playing role of lord Rama in Ramlila from 32 years.
PADMA AWARDS 2013
LAST DATE NOVEMBER 20
NAMES FORWARDED DECEMBER 12
Two names were forwarded Dr D Behera, professor in the department of pulmonary medicine at the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER) and Dr SV Kesar, retired professor from the department of chemistry, Panjab University.
PAST WINNERS FROM CITY
" Prof RC Sobti, former PU VC 2009
" Nek Chand, creator of Rock Garden 1984
" Neelam Mansingh 2011
Jaspal Bhatti 2013
Interestingly, the names of all the recipients from the city were recommended by local Member of Parliament and not by the administration.
What are the Padma Awards
The civilian awards are conferred in three categories - Padma Vibhushan, Padma Bhushan and Padma Shri - in fields of art, literature and education, sports, medicine, social work, science and engineering, public affairs, civil service, trade and industry etc. Padma Vibhushan is given for exceptional and distinguished service, while Padma Bhushan for distinguished service of a high order and Padma Shri is awarded for distinguished service. Every year, the Padma Committee invites recommendations from states and union territories. These awards are given by the President on January 26.