To receive my Padma Shri from the President of India, I have received a cyclosyled notification on government paper the ministry of home affairs, government of India, No, 1/11/90-Public. It has a printed signature of K.N. Singh, under secretary to the government of India.
The notification inviteds me to the investiture ceremony ot be held in the Darbar Hall, Rastrapati Bhavan, New Delhi, at 9 a.m. on Saturday, the 24th March, 1990. And to a rehearsal of the function to be held at Rashtrapati Bhavan on the previous day. I am requested to be in my seat by 8.45 a.m.
The instructions are precise. Article 4 of the notification states: A recipient can bring two guests (including his/her spouse) to witness the investiture ceremony. The government will, however, bear the travelling expenses for the recipient and one of the guests only. If I propose to bring any guests, his/her particulars (name and address) may kindly be sent to the military secreatry of the President, Rashtrapati Bhavan, New Delhi, to facilitate the issue of a formal invitation. A copy of theat communication may also be endorsed to the undersigned (under-secretary to the government of India).
Article 5 states that I, along with one guest, am allowed to travel by air from the nearest airport to New Delhi and abck or by rail (ACC first class or ACC two tier sleeper or first class) at government cost.
Detailed information regarding the travelling allowance etc., payable for the journey undertaken to and from and the stay at Delhi are included in an annexure, titled: details regarding payment of TA, etc. for attending the investitute ceremony.
The details include journey by road. Section 1, sub-section ‘C': The recipients performing journeys by road between places not connected by rail, will be allowed road mileage at the rates notified by the concerned directorate of transport for taxis, auto-rickshaws, etc.
Further, recipients travelling by rail will be given an allowance of Rs. 60 for each day of journey. If it does not cover a full day, 12 hours or more on any day spent in the journey, will qualify for full allowance, and less than 12 hours on any day, will qualify for an allowance of Rs. 30. Annexure II, section III, informs me about my out of pocket allowance. Recipients, whather coming from outside or residing in Delhi, will be allowed a total amount of Rs. 350 for out of pocket expenses. However, guest(s) will not be allowed out of pocket expense of Rs. 350 or road mileage.
There is, however, one clause: Recipients of Bharat Ratna and Ashok Chakra will be permitted to bring with them two guests at governement expense and the recipients of other awards will be permitted to bring one guest at government expense.
There is another section on board and lodging in Delhi - Hotel Janpath, but I will skip that.
What I am wondering about is whether I am being invited to be presented the Padma Shri or to be questioned on the Bofors investigations.