Calm down Twitterati: Govt has not yet released the list for Padma Awards

The Ministry of Home Affairs just released a statement calling the media reports are 'speculative'.

FP Staff January 23, 2015 17:19:05 IST
Calm down Twitterati: Govt has not yet released the list for Padma Awards

Twitter went into a tizzy this morning after media reports  said the government has decided to confer Padma Awards to  spiritual gurus like Baba Ramdev and Sri Sri Ravi Shankar.

According to The Indian Express, they join a list of luminaries like Amitabh Bachchan and Rajinikanth who will be awarded with the country's top honours. According to reports, music director Anu Malik is also getting an award.

Calm down Twitterati Govt has not yet released the list for Padma Awards

Yoga Guru Baba Ramdev.

But, it seems the reports may just be false alarm. The Ministry of Home Affairs just released a statement terming the media reports are 'speculative'.

"The Government has not yet announced the Padma Awards for the Year 2015. These awards are announced on 25th of January every year, on the eve of the Republic Day.

The names appearing in the media are speculative and there is no official confirmation for the same," said the release.

According to media reports, badminton player PV Sindhu, wrestler Sushil Kumar and his coach Satpal and Indian hockey team captain Sardara Singh will also be receiving awards in the sports category.

The government has decided to award economist and now a NITI Ayog member Bibek Debroy with an award. Journalist Swapan Dasgupta, known to be a robust defender and advocate of the BJP has made it to the list of awardees this year too.

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