Actor Madhu here on Thursday declared his willingness to accept the Padma Shri award consequent to the stand of the State government on this issue which was communicated to him by Health Minister V.S. Sivakumar.

At the actor’s residence on Thursday morning Mr. Sivakumar said it was the wish of all Ministers that Mr. Madhu accepts the Padma Shri. The veteran actor should have received such an award a long time ago.

Promise

Mr. Sivakumar also assured the actor that the government would enquire into the circumstances under which its recommendation for a Padma Bhushan for him was downgraded by the Centre to a Padma Shri.

The actor later told presspersons that if the Centre had directly conferred a Padma Shri on him, he would have accepted it wholeheartedly. However, the Centre had no right and was not qualified to downgrade a State government recommendation, he added.