Padma awards 2022: General Bipin Rawat, Kalyan Singh among four conferred Padma Vibhushan

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NEW DELHI Updated: Jan 25, 2022, 09:13 PM(IST)

India's first Chief of Defence Staff General Bipin Rawat and Former Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh Kalyan Singh. Photograph:( Twitter )

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Padma Awards, which are among the country's highest civilian honours, are divided into three categories: Padma Vibhushan, Padma Bhushan, and Padma Shri.

On the eve of Republic Day, India's first Chief of Defence Staff, General Bipin Rawat, and former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister, Kalyan Singh, have been awarded the Padma Vibhushan posthumously. 

Padma Awards, which are among the country's highest civilian honours, are divided into three categories: Padma Vibhushan, Padma Bhushan, and Padma Shri.

Art, social work, public affairs, science and engineering, trade and industry, medicine, literature and education, sports, civil service, and other disciplines/fields of activity are among those recognised. 

The President of India bestows these honours at ceremonial festivities held at Rashtrapati Bhawan every year, generally in March or April.

According to the list, the President has approved the conferment of 128 Padma Awards, including 2 pair cases (the award is counted as one in a dual case).

There are four Padma Vibhushans, 17 Padma Bhushans, and 107 Padma Shris on the list.

Women account for 34 of the awardees, with 10 foreigners/NRI/PIO/OCI and 13 posthumous awardees rounding out the list. 

CDS General Bipin Rawat 

General Bipin Rawat, India's first Chief of Defence Staff, died in a helicopter crash in Coonoor, Tamil Nadu.

On December 8, he and his wife, Madhulika, as well as 12 other defence personnel, were killed in a tragic tragedy.

The 63-year-old general, who is known for his bravery, was also the army leader from 2016 to 2019.

He was a strong supporter of initiatives in Jammu and Kashmir to combat militancy and cross-border terrorism.

General Rawat was born in Pauri, Uttrakhand, and attended the National Defence Academy.

In December 1978, he was commissioned into the 11 Gorkha Rifles. 

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Former Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh Kalyan Singh

Kalyan Singh was an Indian politician and a member of the Bharatiya Janata Party. He served twice as the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh and as a Member of Parliament.

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