Lal Bahadur Shastri National Award for Excellence: The Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu presented the 22nd Lal Bahadur Shastri National Award for Excellence to the eminent pulmonologist and Director of the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), Dr Randeep Guleria at Upa-Rashtrapati Nivas.
- He was awarded for his pioneer and sustained contribution in the field of medicine and pandemic awareness.
- Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu called Dr Guleria a “commander-in-chief” of India’s dedicated army of frontline warriors.
- He lauded devotion to duty and in nurturing the Department of Pulmonary Medicine and Sleep Disorders in AIIMS.
- Dr Guleria is widely respected for his ground-breaking work in his chosen field and is known to be a highly efficient and dedicated hospital administrator, as well.
About Lal Bahadur Shastri National Award for Excellence:
- The Lal Bahadur Shastri National Award for Excellence is the fourth highest civilian award in India.
- It is awarded annually to a distinguished Indian residing in the country or abroad for his/her individual contribution and outstanding achievements of high professional order and excellence in the field of public administration, public affair, management, art and culture, education or institution-building and sports.
- The award includes a cash reward of Rs 5 lakh, a citation and a plaque.
About Lal Bahadur Shastri:
- Lal Bahadur Shastri (2 October 1904 – 11 January 1966) is known as an iconic leader with an extraordinary vision for India.
- He was known universally for his austere lifestyle, humility and impeccable integrity.
- He was the second Prime Minister of India from June 9, 1964 till January 11, 1966.
- He promoted the White Revolution – a national campaign to increase the production and supply of milk – by supporting the Amul milk co-operative of Anand, Gujarat and creating the National Dairy Development Board.
- Shastriji also promoted the Green Revolution in India in 1965.
- This led to an increase in food grain production, especially in Punjab, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh.
- He led the country during the Indo-Pakistan War of 1965.
- His slogan “Jai Jawan, Jai Kisan” (“Hail to the soldier; Hail to the farmer”) became very popular during the war.
- The war formally ended with the Tashkent Agreement on 10 January 1966
- He was posthumously awarded the Bharat Ratna.