A total of 108 nominations have been received by the committee overseeing this year’s National Awards.
The National Awards Committee said the selection procedure to finalise the nominees who will receive accolades had now begun after a two-month nomination period closed on July 31.
The committee, which decides on public figures to honour for their work in societal development in fields such as health, agriculture and the arts, was reformed on April 9, after the previous body completed their allotted three year term.
According to the President’s Office, the awards committee is designed to function independently from the government, which in turn will respect any decision made.
This year’s ceremony is expected to be held to coincide with the 2012 Republic Day celebrations.The national awards were last held in November 2011 and conferred by former President Mohamed Nasheed.