Mumbai : Shiv Sena Rajya Sabha member and party spokesman Sanjay Raut who has been “spitting venom” against the BJP and Narendra Modi government at the Centre virtually every day now questioned about the Padma awards, announced by the union government yesterday.
Raut said that the state makes a big contribution towards the country and the world in different sectors, but the state has received “only six” Padma awards this year. He said “at least 10 to 12 persons from Maharashtra” should have been honoured with the awards this year.
The awards are given in three categories — Padma Vibhushan, Padma Bhushan and Padma Shri. They are given for distinguished and exceptional achievements and service in different fields and disciplines such as art, literature and education, sports, medicine, social work, science and engineering, public affairs, civil service, trade and industry.
From Maharashtra, Rajnikant Shroff, Sindhutai Sapkal, Girish Prabhune, Namdeo Kamble, Parshuram Gangawane and Jaswantiben Popat are the Padma award winners from this year. Shroff has been awarded the Padma Bhushan in the field of trade and industry while five other are the Padma Shri award winners.