Ahead of the 71 Republic Day celebrations, the Union government headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced the names of Padma Vibhushan, Padma Bhushan and Padma Shri awardees on Saturday.
The Padma Vibhushan was awarded to seven prominent personalities, while 16 were conferred the Padma Bhushan and 118 have been given the Padma Shri.
Eminent personalities, including former Union ministers Arun Jaitley, Sushma Swaraj and George Fernandes, Olympian boxer Mary Kom, former Mauritius prime minister Anerood Jugnauth, classical singer from Varanasi Chhannulal Mishra and Sri Vishveshateertha Swamiji Sri of the Pejavara Matha in Udupi have been honoured with the Padma Vibhushan.
Jaitley, Swaraj and Fernandes have been given the Padma Vibhushan award posthumously.
Former Indian defence minister Manohar Parrikar, Former Goa Governor SC Jamir, Industrialists Anand Mahindra and Venu Shrinivasan, Olympian badminton player PV Sindhu and Muzaffar Hussain Baig are among the sixteen awarded the Padma Bhushan.