Hyderabad, Jan 25 (PTI) Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister NKiran Kumar Reddy congratulated the prestigious Padma awardwinners from the state, including thespian Akkineni NageswaraRao and Indian cricketer V V S Laxman.
In a message this evening, Reddy said the Padma awardeesmade the state proud with their professional excellence andmeritorious services in different fields.
He hoped the award winners would be a source ofinspiration for one and all in the society.
Reddy, in particular, lauded the services of veteranTelugu film actor Akkineni Nageswara Rao on being chosen forthe country''s second highest civilian honour Padma Vibhushan.
He recalled Akkineni''s yeoman services to the Telugu filmindustry for over 60 years.
The Chief Minister had a special word of praise for VVSLaxman saying his contribution to Indian cricket has now beenrecognised.
He also recalled the services of Palle Rama Rao, who waschosen for Padma Vibhushan for his meritorious services in thefield of Science