President Waheed inaugurates National Awards Committee

President Mohamed Waheed Hassan today held the inaugural meeting of the newly reconstituted National Awards Committee.

The committee, which decides on public figures to honour for their work in societal development through fields such as health, agriculture and the arts, was reformed on Monday (April 9), after the previous body completed their allotted three year term.

According to the President’s Office website, the awards committee is to function independently from the government, which will respect any decision made.

The national awards were last held in November 2011 and conferred by former President Mohamed Nasheed.