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Padma Vibhushan awards: Politicians get prominence!
It was a right decision that money-minting medical practitioners were not honoured with Padma awards 2017, while it was a usual practice to 'purchase' or lobby for these national honours by renowned doctors to shine their medical practice.

But, shockingly politicians cutting across party-lines got prominent share of four out of seven Padma Vibhushan, second highest civilian honour after Bharat Ratna.

It would be better that politicians would have also been kept out of the Padma list. Even the awarded politicians or their family-members should gracefully decline honours like has been done this year by family-members of former J&K Chief Minister Mufti Mohammed Sayeed.

Otherwise also enquiry should be made against intelligence-authorities clearing name of a politician for Padma Vibhushan whose name is said to have been there for some notoriety in annexures to report of NN Vohra committee set up on criminalisation of politics subsequent to Mumbai-blast of the year 1993.

It is significant that the said annexures could not be made public by Union Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) despite directions of the Central Information Commission in its verdict dated May 10, 2012 in petition-number CIC/SS/A/2012/000055.

Surprisingly, MHA in its response subsequent to a CIC verdict states that there were no annexures to the report, a news-item reveals that a stay-order was obtained by central government from the Supreme Court against making the annexures to the report public.

(Mr. Subhash Chandra Agrawal is a noted RTI activist)

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