Results of search committee for award of Padma Vibhushan revealed by RTI
In reply to a RTI query, it has been revealed that the 17 member search Committee for republic day honours did not find the legendary actors Dilip Kumar and Amitabh Bachchan fit for being honoured by the Padma Vibhushan for the year 2012. The two actors were amongst those short-listed amongst the 37 candidates but were not amongst the 20 shortlisted candidates that were finally recommended by the panel to the awards committee of the government. Both have already received the Padma Bhushan, Dilip Kumar in 1991 and Amitabh Bachchan in 2001. As per the rules, there must be 5 years difference for the next honour to be awarded. Ace Cartoonist Mario Miranda and Singer Bhupen Hazarika have been posthumously awarded the Padma Vibhushan this year along with three others.