PM Modi’s election year stunt: announces three more Bharat Ratna Awards; total 5 awarded this year
Kanwar Inder singh/ royalpatiala.in News/ February 9,2024
Prime Minister Narendra Modi today announced that former prime ministers PV Narasimha Rao ((posthumously), former PM Chaudhary Charan Singh (posthumously) and agricultural scientist MS Swaminathan (posthumously) will be conferred Bharat Ratna, India’s highest civilian award.
Usually, three Bharat Ratna awards are given in a year. However, this year, the government has named five people including veteran BJP leader LK Advani ,former Bihar chief minister Karpoori Thakur and Janata party leader and former PM Chaudhary Charan Singh to be honoured with Bharat Ratna. The recommendations for the award are made by the Prime Minister himself to the President.
The award does not carry any monetary benefits, but the award includes the following entitlements:
The medallion and miniature
A Sanad (certificate) signed by the President of India
Treatment as a state guest by state governments when traveling within a state
Indian missions abroad requested to facilitate recipients when requested
Entitlement to a diplomatic passport
Placed seventh in the Indian order of precedence
Modi tweeted “It is a matter of immense joy that the Government of India is conferring the Bharat Ratna on Dr. MS Swaminathan Ji, in recognition of his monumental contributions to our nation in agriculture and farmers’ welfare. He played a pivotal role in helping India achieve self-reliance in agriculture during challenging times and made outstanding efforts towards modernizing Indian agriculture. We also recognise his invaluable work as an innovator and mentor and encouraging learning and research among several students. Dr. Swaminathan’s visionary leadership has not only transformed Indian agriculture but also ensured the nation’s food security and prosperity. He was someone I knew closely and l always valued his insights and inputs.”
“Delighted to share that our former Prime Minister, Shri PV Narasimha Rao Garu, will be honoured with the Bharat Ratna. As a distinguished scholar and statesman, Narasimha Rao Garu served India extensively in various capacities. He is equally remembered for the work he did as Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh, Union Minister, and as a Member of Parliament and Legislative Assembly for many years. His visionary leadership was instrumental in making India economically advanced, laying a solid foundation for the country’s prosperity and growth. Narasimha Rao Garu’s tenure as Prime Minister was marked by significant measures that opened India to global markets, fostering a new era of economic development. Furthermore, his contributions to India’s foreign policy, language and education sectors underscore his multifaceted legacy as a leader who not only steered India through critical transformations but also enriched its cultural and intellectual heritage.”
PM Modi’s election year stunt: announces three more Bharat Ratna Awards; total 5 awarded this year. Earlier, LK Advani and Karpoori Thakur were conferred with the awards.