The former President and Prime Minister of Mauritius had played a key role in deepening relations with India

Former President and Prime Minister of Mauritius Anerood Jugnauth was posthumously honoured with the Padma Vibhushan on Monday.

President Ram Nath Kovind presented the award - in the category of Public Affairs for the year 2020 - to his wife Sarojini Jugnauth.

Jugnauth had immensely contributed in deepening the special relations between Mauritius and India.

The award was conferred during a civil investiture ceremony, the second one held on Monday, at the Rashtrapati Bhavan.

President Kovind conferred two more Padma Vibhushan honours during this ceremony.

He presented the Padma Vibhushan to MC Mary Kom for Sports. A six-time AIBA Women's Boxing Champion, Mary Kom is a renowned athlete and face of women boxing in India.

Shri Shri Vishwesha Theertha Swamiji received the Padma Vibhushan posthumously for Spiritualism.

Popularly known as Shri Pejavara Swamiji of Udupi, he was a spiritual leader, social guide as well as an activist. He was a scholar and propagator of Dwaita philosophy.

President Kovind also conferred eight Padma Bhushan and 61 Padma Shri Awards for the year 2020.

During the first investiture ceremony for the Padma Awards 2020, held earlier in the day, President Kovind had conferred 4 Padma Vibhushan, 8 Padma Bhushan and 61 Padma Shri awards.