The Hindu: Kerala: Friday, February 10, 2017.
The office of the Chief Secretary revealed the list of 24 nominees submitted to the Union government for the Padma awards of 2015 in a reply to an RTI application filed by human rights activist Jomon Puthenpurackal.
The three selected for the award included K.J. Yesudas (Padma Vibhushan) and Akkitham and Chemenchery Kunhiraman Nair (Padmasree). For the first time, the Centre chose three persons for the Padmasree award from outside the State’s list Parassala B. Ponnamal, Meenakshi Amma and P.R.Sreejesh.
The State nominees were K.J.Yesudas, Philippose Mar Chrysostom, Sugathakumary, Akkitham, Vellayani Arjunan, P. Jayachandran, K.G. Jayan, Chemenchery Kunhiraman Nair, K.Omanakutty Amma, Puthussery Ramachandran, K.N.Panikker, I.M.Vijayan, T.K.Jayakumar, M.R.Rajagopal, B.Ekbal, K.Raveendranathan Nair, Fr. Davis Chiramel, K.E.Mammen, K.Madhavan, P.Ramesan, M.K.Arjunan, M.K.Sanoo, T.Padmanabhan and K.N.Gopalakrishna Bhatt.