List of Padma Awardees 2021 Honoured for Environmental Protection

Padma Awards 2021

The Padma Awards are one of the highest civilian awards conferred by the Government of India. They are announced annually and are given in three categories: Padma Vibhushan – for exceptional and distinguished service, Padma Bhushan – distinguished service of higher order and Padma Shri – distinguished service. The award recognize achievements different fields of activities where an element of public service is involved.

We share with you Padma Awardees for the year 2021 who have been conferred this prestigious award for their work in the field of environmental protection.

Padma Shri

Rattan Lal

Indian-American Soil Scientist, known for his work in soil conservation across four continents. Winner of World Food Prize.


Ali Manikfan

Ecologist and Marine Researcher from Minicoy Island, Lakshwadweep. He is an innovator, known for his multiple talents including in agricutlure and linguistic knowledge.


Nanadro B Marak

Organic farmer from West Garo Hills in Meghalaya. He is known for growing black pepper and transferring his knowledge to others because of which over 18 villages are benefiting from his work.


Shyam Sundar Paliwal

He is an inspirational Sarpanch of Piplantri model village in Rajasthan. He is known as a catalyst for pioneering work across forestry and water conservation among others.



She is a 105 years young organic farmer from Coimbatore and is known for cultivating local varieties of millets, pulses and vegetables since over nine decades.


Marachi Subburaman

He is based out of Trichy in Tamil Nadu and is known for working to improve sanitation which improved conditions of lakhs of people mainly fishermen who benefitted from the over 30 lakh eco-friendly, low-cost toilets installed by him.


Top image: Hon’ble President Shri Ram Nath Kovind presenting the Padma Shri Award to Shyam Sunder Paliwal at Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi on 9 November, 2021.

Aradhana Sharma

Aradhana Sharma is an environmentalist and nature lover, and and takes keen interest in urging people to adopt an Eco-friendly lifestyle. She can be reached at

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