Punjab Chief Minister (CM) Parkash Singh Badal was conferred the prestigious 14th Sant Namdev National Award- 2015 by Pune based Sarhad foundation.
The award was presented to him by Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis in the presence of the organisers of the Sarhad foundation.
He was awarded was bestowed upon him for promoting peace, communal harmony and universal brotherhood. The award comprised of citation, a monetary prize of 101000 rupees and a memento.
Parkash Singh Badal is the longest-serving Chief Minister of Punjab with over 15 years in office. Currently, he is heading Akali Dal-BJP coalition government.
He previously had served as CM for first time in 1970 to 1971. Later for second time from 1977 to 1980 and for third time from 1997 to 2002.
He is generally regarded as the second most powerful Sikh leader in world after former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. In 2015, he was awarded with India’s second highest civilian award, Padma Vibhushan.