Padma Awards: The government of India on Wednesday, January 25, 2017 announced Padma awards to citizens of the country in recognition of their distinguished contribution in various spheres.
The Government of India instituted two civilian awards-Bharat Ratna & Padma Vibhushan in 1954. The latter had three classes namely Pahela Varg, Dusra Varg and Tisra Varg. These were subsequently renamed as Padma Vibhushan, Padma Bhushan and Padma Shri vide Presidential Notification issued on January 8, 1955.
The Padma Awards are conferred on the recommendations made by the Padma Awards Committee, which is consitituted by the Prime Minister every year. The Padma Awards Committee is headed by the Cabinet Secretary and includes Home Secretary, Secretary to the President and four to six eminent persons as members. The recommendations of the committee are submitted to the Prime Minister and the President of India for approval.
Daripalli Ramaiah Native of Khammam district, Telangana, Ramaiah is better known as ‘Chetla Ramaiah’ has been awarded Padma Shri. In Khammam’s native this is just a wee bit; Ramaiah is actually stretching out his arms to ensure a finer and a greener future. “I do not believe in people who cut trees but prostrate before a stone. For me, Nature is God and God is Nature”, Ramaiah say; his line of thought is clear-cut. With his righteous feats, he has proved that carrying out a benevolent affair is way better than kneeling before a stone.
He has been collecting seeds of several native trees such as Bael, Peepal, Kadamba, Nidra Ganneru, Kanuga, Neem, Erra Chandanam and many more to cover every barren land with green patches. He started by greening a four kilometer stretch on both the sides of a path in Khammam, and it took him more than a decade to reach the estimated number of ten million. He has successfully planted more than 10 million trees all alone without bothering about anyone else.
His work is not done after planting a seed, it actually begins then.
“Every sapling that I plant should survive,come what may. That is my motto”, he adds.
Ramaiah nourishment is essential to grow stronger and take care of himself.
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