Who recommended whom for Padma Awards
(As per email received by me)
MHA discloses names of those recommending for Padma awards 2013: Should be put on website (see attachments)
It refers to Union Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) finally disclosing names of those having sent recommendations for Padma awards 2013 following a CIC-verdict. Earlier MHA had healthy practice of revealing such information which was later discontinued. Now since MHA has already accepted instructions dated 31.05.2013 of the then Chief Information Commissioner to make public all details about selection of Padma awardees on website after announcement of awards, beginning should be made to put all these details in respect of Padma awards 2013 together with names of those having made recommendations. Thereafter all such details should be immediately made public just after announcement of Padma awards on Republic Day eve on 25th
Hectic lobbying for ‘Padma’ awards has become an unavoidable feature especially in fields like ‘Medicine’ and ‘Trade & Industry’, because these awards monetarily benefit the awardees by sudden increase in their earnings after the awards. Study should be made about income-rise of ‘Padma’ awardees after their being honoured with Padma Awards. Union government suddenly found merits in a medical-practitioner after he operated the then Prime Minister.
‘Awards Committee’ is nothing but a rubber-stamp when its ten members coming from different fields ‘unanimously’ decide on 100 names out of about 1300 names in its meetings of just few hours! It is practically possible when a pre-decided government-list is put before the committee giving it also a right to include any name in last hours without reaching it by last date of receipt of nominations. It may be recalled that once even telephonic confirmations were taken from individual members of Awards Committee to fulfil formality to meet Supreme Court guidelines. Consent of opposition Leader in selecting members of Awards Committee should be must with Secretary of Opposition Leader being a member of Awards Committee. It is improper to grade just 100 Padma awardees in three variants in a country of more than a billion thereby degrading real value of ‘Padmashree’ in presence of ‘Padmabhushan’ and ‘Padmavibhushan’. There should be just one variant of ‘Padma’ award. A person should be honoured just once in life-time with Padma award.
System should be made stringent to take back the prestigious award and punishing those responsible ones at Intelligence agencies which clear such names without proper investigation. It seems that such hurried clearance is done in name of formality because of very little time given for proper verification. System should be to advance last date of receiving recommendations to say 30th
September by getting proper clearance for all recommendations before putting the cleared names before Awards committee meeting.
SUBHASH CHANDRA AGRAWAL