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Will nominate docs,health staff for Padma awards: CM

New Delhi: Chief minister Arvind Kejriwal on Tuesday announced that the Delhi government will nominate only doctors and health care workers this year for the country’s second, third and fourth highest civilian awards, Padma Shri, Padma Bhushan and Padma Vibhushan, to honour their contribution in fighting the Covid-19 pandemic. The Padma Awards are announced annually on the eve of Republic Day. Bharat Ratna is the country’s highest civilian award. Kejriwal said his government would take suggestions from the public to decide the nominees before sending their names to the Union government.“The contribution of doctors and health care workers has been immense throughout this pandemic. Many such doctors have even lost their lives while treating Covid-19 patients in service of the nation. It is time we honour them. Hence, the Delhi government has decided to nominate only doctors and health care workers for the three Padma awards this year.” The Union government seeks recommendations from every state for the awards.

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