The Maharashtra government has formed a panel with Aditya Thackeray as its chairman to suggest names for the prestigious Padma awards. This makes a controversy with opposition BJP slamming the descision.
The BJP has opposed this, and said that Aditya Thackeray is not eligible for the position as his name has already been “surfaced in a court case”.
A Government Resolution (GR) published on August 11 said the centre had directed the state government to recomend the names for the padma awards that will be declared on January 26, 2021.
Accordingly, a nine-member committee headed by Aditya Thackeray, who heads protocol and Environment Portfolios, has been constituted, the GR said. Aditya Thackeray is a son of Maharashtra Chief Minister. The other members of the committee are Industrial Minister Subhash Desai, Animal Husbandary Minister Sunil Kedar, Medical Education Minister Amit Deshmukh, Higher and Technology Minister Uday Samant, Social Justice Minister Dhananjay Munde, Minister of State for Industries Aditi Tatkare, Minister of State for Forests Dattatraya Bharne.