President Pranab Mukherjee conferred the Pravasi Bharatiya Samman Awards and addressed the closing session of the 14th Pravasi Bharatiya Divas Convention in Bengaluru.
The first award was received by Portugal Prime Minister Antonia Luiss Santos Da Costa for his contribution in the field of public service.
As per the list, six awards were given to NRIs from the US, the highest in the list, while two each to those from the UK and UAE. One award each was given to NRIs from 20 countries, including Australia, France, Canada, Israel, Libya, Fiji, Brunei, Singapore, Portugal and others.
Among the NRIs from the US, Hari Babu Bindal was honoured for his contribution in the field of environment engineering, Nisha Desai Biswal for public affairs, Sampat Kumar Shidramapa Shivanagi for community leadership, while Mahesh Mehta, Ramesh Shah and Bharat Haridas Barai were awarded for their contribution in the field of community service.
Also, Neena Gill and Priti Patel from the UK were honoured for their contribution in the field of public service. In the list of NRIs from the UAE, Vasudev Shamdas Shroff and one organisation Indian Social and Cultural Centre were awarded.
In the field of business, Rajasekharan Pillai Valavoor Kizhakkathi from Bahrain, Mukund Bhikhubhai from Canada and Susheel Kumar Saraff from Thailand were honoured and in the field of medical science, Lael Anson E Best from Israel and Carani Balaraman Sanjeevi were selected.
Sandip Kumar Tagore from Japan was awarded for his contribution in the field of arts and culture, while Muniandy Thambirajah from Malaysia and Zeenat Musarrat Jafri from Saudi Arabia were honoured for education and community service.
In the field of public service, Pravin Kumar Jugnauth from Mauritius and Winston Chandarbhan Dookeran from Trinidad were honoured. Vinod Chandra Patel from Fiji received the award for his contribution in the field of social service.