Dr. Shyama Prasad Mukherjee, a Ranchi-based doctor who is known for charging minimal consultation fee for medical treatment, said receiving the Padma Shri was a matter of happiness not only for him but for his patients as well.
"This is a matter of happiness for me as well as my patients. I started treating patients soon after I completed my education. I still charge Rs.5 as consultation fee," he told ANI.
The 83-year-old doctor was recognised and appreciated for his service to society as his name featured on the list of Padma Shri awardees for this year.
Meanwhile, Tripura Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb felicitated Rosem player Thanga Darlong, who was also presented a Padma Shri this year, on Monday.
Darlong was conferred the award in the category of art-music-flute for his prowess in playing the Rosem- a traditional flute made of bottle gourd and bamboo.
The Padma awards are conferred in three categories, namely, Padma Vibhushan, Padma Bhushan and Padma Shri, the second, third and fourth highest civilian awards of the country respectively, only after Bharat Ratna.