Mammootty, MT among the state-recommended names for Padma awards rejected by centre
Thiruvananthapuram: The list recommended by the state for Padma awards was completely rejected by the Centre. There were 56 names in the list including M T Vasudevan Nair. This is first time Centre has completely ignored state-recommended list completely.
For Padma Bhushan, Kalamandalam Gopi, Sugathakumari, Mattannoor Sankarankutty, Peruvanam Kuttanmarar, Mammootty, Resul Pookutty, Madhu and Shobhana were recommended.
For Padma Shri, a total of 47 names including Surya Krishnamurthy, K Omanakkutty, Ramesh Narayanan, Sadanam Krishnankutty Nair, Kanayi Kunhiraman, Artist Namboothiri, Nedumudi Venu, KPAC Lalitha, G K Pillai, M N Karassery, Arch Bishop Soosapakyam, K Mohanan, M S Mani, M K Sanu, Dr N V P Unnithiri, Dr Khadeeja Mumthas, Dr V P Gangadharan, P Jayachandran and I M Vijayan.
Meanwhile, spiritual leader Sri M, law expert N R Madhavamenon were awarded Padma Bhushan and social activist M K Kunjol, scientist K S Manilal, writer N Chandrasekharan Nair, puppetry practitioner M S Pankajakshi were awarded Padma Shri. All these names were not included in the list.
The Padma awardees are decided by the committee formed by Prime Minister.