Three days after the expiry of the deadline set by the ministry of home affairs (MHA), the Chandigarh administration has recommended five names for the Padma Awards-2015.
After getting approval from UT administrator Shivraj Patil, the administration has forwarded the names of RK Saboo, former president of Rotary International; Satnam Namita Singh, a city-based architect; Dr D Behera, head, department of pulmonary medicine at the Post-Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER); Pandit Yashpaul, classical singer; and Dr BS Chavan, head, department of psychiatry at Government Medical College and Hospital in Sector 32.
Request for condonation
The Chandigarh administration has written to the MHA with a request to accept the names. In the request letter, the administration cited busy schedule of UT adviser KK Sharma as the reason for delay in sending the names for the awards.
Confirming the development, UT director public relations-cum-joint secretary home MM Sabharwal said they have forwarded five names with a request for condonation.
For Padma Awards-2015, the government of India had invited nominations by September 15, 2014. As per the notification issued by the MHA, nominations sent after the expiry of deadline will not be considered.
In the past 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 that, the administration had not sent any name for these awards for three years.
What are Padma awards
The civilian awards are conferred in three categories - Padma Vibhushan, Padma Bhushan and Padma Shri - in the 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 of India on January 26.
RK Saboo, former president of Rotary International
Satnam Namita Singh, city-based architect
Dr D Behera, head, department of pulmonary medicine, PGIMER
Pandit Yashpaul, classical singer
Dr BS Chavan, head department of psychiatry, GMCH