New Delhi: Aditya Birla Group chairman Kumar Mangalam Birla on Wednesday received the Padma Bhushan from President Droupadi Murmu for his contribution to the field of trade and industry.
After conferred with the highest civilian Awards of the country, Birla said thanked President Murmu and Prime Minister Narendra Modi and said that this award is a recognition of the longitudinal impact of the Aditya Birla Group in enriching lives and in demonstrating through actions that business is a force for good.
“The spirit of nation-building and trusteeship has guided my family across generations. And so, to receive this national honour is indeed humbling. I thank the Honourable President of India, Smt Droupadi Murmu and the Honourable Prime Minister of India, Shri Narendra Modi, for this prestigious honour which I accept on behalf of my 140,000 colleagues from 36 countries. This award is a recognition of the longitudinal impact of the Aditya Birla Group— in enriching lives and in demonstrating through actions that business is a force for good,” said Birla in a statement.
Padma award in the Birla Family
Kumar Mangalam Birla is the fourth recipient of the Padma award in the Birla Family. His mother Rajshree Birla was awarded the Padma Bhushan award, extended Birla family member Ganga Prasad Birla was awarded the Padma Bhushan award and his great grandfather Ghanshyam Das Birla was awarded the Padma Vibhushan award.
Kumar Mangalam Birla is the chairman of the Aditya Birla Group, which operates in 36 countries across six continents. He is a Chartered Accountant with an MBA degree from London Business School. He has chaired the boards of all major group companies in India and globally, including Novelis Inc., Birla Carbon, Aditya Birla Chemicals, Domsjo Fabriker, Terrace Bay Pulp Mill, Hindalco Industries Ltd., Grasim Industries Ltd., UltraTech Cement Ltd.
Padma Awards 2023
For the year 2023, President Droupadi Murmu had approved the conferment of 106 Padma Awards including 3 duo cases (in a duo case, the Award is counted as one). The list comprises 6 Padma Vibhushan, 9 Padma Bhushan and 91 Padma Shri Awards. Nine of the awardees are women and there are seven posthumous awardees.
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Padma Awards - one of the highest civilian Awards of the country, are conferred in three categories, namely, Padma Vibhushan, Padma Bhushan and Padma Shri. The awards are given in various disciplines and fields of activities such as social work, public affairs, science and engineering, trade and industry, medicine, literature and education, sports and civil service. 'Padma Vibhushan' is awarded for exceptional and distinguished service; 'Padma Bhushan' for distinguished service of high order and 'Padma Shri' for distinguished service in any field. The awards are announced on the occasion of Republic Day every year. The awards are conferred by the President of India at ceremonial functions which are held at Rashtrapati Bhawan usually around March or April every year.