Thiruvananthapuram, 23 March, Sreeparvathy K.: Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy and Union Minister KV Thomas had recommended Muthoot Group Chairman MG George Muthoot for the Padma awards. According to a report by news channel, most of the persons recommended by MPs and Union Ministers were Hospital owners and businessmen. The news channel also reports that the Malayalees who were given Padma awards were not from the state list.
KV Thomas had also suggested Fathima Healthcare Chairman KP Hussain. KIMS Hospital Chairman Dr. MI Sahadulla was recommended by Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairman PJ Kurien and State Government. PC Chacko and Vakkom Prushothaman recommended Good Shepherd International School Principal Dr. PC Thomas.
Ironically, none of the 11 awardees including ISRO Chairman K Radhakrishnan were from the State list. Padma Search Committee had recommended poet Vishnu Narayanan Namboothiri and Union Ministers Milind Deora and Jyotiraditya Scindia recommended Squash player Deepika Palllickal.