JAMMU, Jan 25: Veteran PDP leader Muzaffar Hussain Baig has been honoured with the Padma Bhushan.
Four other personalities from J&K and Ladakh have also been awarded Padma awards
Baig, 73, is a former Deputy Chief Minister and Finance Minister of the erstwhile State of Jammu and Kashmir.
A founder leader of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Baig was one of the few politicians who was not detained by the Union Government after abrogation of provisions of Article 370 on August 5 last year.
The politician has been awarded for his contribution to “public affairs” and is amongst the 16 people who have been honoured with the Padma Bhushan, the third highest civilian award after Bharat Ratna and Padma Vibhushan.
Baig, a former Lok Sabha member, hails from north Kashmir and is also an advocate.
He has been critical of former chief minister Mehbooba Mufti after she took over the reins of the party and the alliance government with the BJP.
He was among the few politicians from Kashmir who met Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) who had travelled to the valley last year.
Meanwhile, Dr Tsering Landol from Ladakh has been honoured with prestigious Padma Bushan Award of this year. Dr Landol has been selected for the Award for his services in the field of medicine.
Noted writer/poet from Jammu Shiv Nirmohi has been awarded with Padma Shri for his outstanding contribution in the field of Literature, Chewang Motup Goba from Ladakh for his performance in the field of Trade and Industry, while, Javed Ahmed Tak, a specially-abled social worker from Kashmir, has been honoured for his outstanding contribution in the field of social work. Tak is providing free education, material aid and motivation to over 100 specially abled children of over 40 villages from Anantnag and Pulwama districts of Kashmir.