Wipro chairman Azim Premji led the list of this year's awardees
named for the government's civilian "Padma" honours, among the
representatives of trade and industry here Tuesday.
Premji, who has also made a mark in philanthropy, was named for
the second highest Padma Vibushan award.
In the list of 128 awardees for Padma Vibhushan, Padma Bhushan and
Padma Shri announced by the home ministry, members of trade and
industry were represented in equal measure, accounting for some
Infosys chief executive Kris Gopalakrishnan, ITC's Yogi Deveshwar,
Dr. Reddy Labs' Anji Reddi, Max Group's Analjit Singh, NIIT's
Rajendra S. Pawar, GVK Group's G.V.K. Reddy, HCL's Ajai Chowdhary,
and ICICI Bank's chief executive Chanda Kochhar were in the list
of Padma Bhushan awardees.
Leather major Fareeda Group's Mecca Rafeeque Ahmed, pharma major
Orchid Group's Kailasam Raghavendra Rao and leading
Singapore-based investor and prominent member of the Indian
diaspora Satpal Khattar were named for Padma Shri awards.
"The awards are conferred by the President of India at a function
held at Rashtrapati Bhawan sometime around March or April," an
official communique said.
The awards are given in all disciplines and fields of activities,
including arts, social work, public affairs, science and
engineering, trade and industry, medicine, literature and
education, sports and civil service.