Shimla : Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur has congratulated septuagenarian Vidyanand Saraik and Lalita Vakil for being awarded Padma Shri for their contributions in the field of arts.
Thakur said Lalita Vakil from Chamba, has been working for the promotion of Chamba Rumal for 50 years and this award was not just recognition for her but also for the traditional art of Chamba Rumal of Chamba district.
He said Vidyanand Saraik is a multifaceted personality who has been striving to conserve and revive hill culture for over five decades. Saraikha’s written numerous folk songs, naatis and folklores.
Chief Minister has also congratulated IG South Range Himanshu Mishra for being awarded the President’s Police Medal for his distinguished services.