Ace Indian javelin thrower Devendra Jhajharia is a two-time Paralympics gold medallist (Athens 2004, Rio 2016) and one-time silver medallist (Tokyo 2020).
In 2012 he was the first Paralympian to be honoured with Padma Shri.
President Kovind presents Padma Bhushan to Shri Devendra Jhajharia for Sports. He is the first Indian Para-Javelin… https://t.co/YQpLQBupHz
— President of India (@rashtrapatibhvn) 1647873149000
Today, President Ram Nath Kovind conferred the Padma awards.
The Padma awards are conferred in three categories — Padma Vibhushan, Padma Bhushan, and Padma Shri. These awards are given in various disciplines and fields such as art, social work, public affairs, science and engineering, trade and industry, medicine, literature and education, sports, civil service, etc.
‘Padma Vibhushan’ is awarded for exceptional and distinguished service; ‘Padma Bhushan’ for distinguished service of high order and ‘Padma Shri’ for distinguished service in any field. The awards are announced on the occasion of Republic Day every year.
आज महामहिम राष्ट्रपति जी से पद्म भूषण सम्मान मिलना मेरे लिए गोरव का पल रहा है|मैं यह पुरस्कार अपने साथी पैरा-एथली… https://t.co/AO8Zv2Lqcn
— Devendra Jhajharia (@DevJhajharia) 1647874940000
These awards are conferred by the President of India at ceremonial functions which are held at Rashtrapati Bhavan usually around March/ April every year. This year the President has approved conferment of 128 Padma Awards including 2 duo case (in a duo case, the Award is counted as one) as per list below. The list comprises 4 Padma Vibhushan, 17 Padma Bhushan and 107 Padma Shri Awards. 34 of the awardees are women and the list also includes 10 persons from the category of Foreigners/NRI/PIO/OCI and 13 Posthumous awardees.