He is the only Indian Prime Minister to have died overseas while in office.
His birth anniversary has been observed as Children’s Day since 1964.
The ambitious national health protection mission will be rolled out on 25 September.
A three-time Prime Minister, Vajpayee was first elected to the Lok Sabha in 1957.
The iconic Bharatiya Janata Party leader had been admitted to AIIMS in June.
PM Modi spoke about some key ongoing and future programmes in different sectors.
Rao’s tenure is best known for the introduction of economic reforms in 1991.
The awardees are a yoga teacher and a non-profit organisation.
Prime Minister Modi arrived in Janakpur on the first day of his tour.
The two leaders will meet in the city of Wuhan on Friday and Saturday.