President to confer Award for Special Achievements

Cabinet has decided to reimplement a presidential award scheme designed to honour figures of national distinction – the first accolade of its kind to be given since 2007.

The President’s Office today announced that the cabinet has decided the national Award for Special Achievements will now be given by President Mohamed Waheed Hassan rather than a specially assigned government body.

The decision was taken following a cabinet discussion over a paper submitted by the National Awards Committee to try and iron out potential “inconsistencies” from occurring in the selection process for the accolade.

Under the previous administration, the award was given by specially assigned government office. Recipients of the accolade will now be decided by a technical committee, the President’s Office has announced.