The Padma Awards were instituted in 1954 and are considered as the nation’s most prestigious award. These are announced on the eve of Republic Day, every year.
The Centre, through an official statement given by the Union Home Minister, has shown its commitment towards transforming the Padma awards into “people’s Padma”.
All citizens would be given an opportunity to make recommendations and self-nominations for the prestigious honour.
The Centre stated that this initiative would be helpful in identifying talented persons, recognising their excellence and achievements.
It would give recognition to women, weaker sections of society, Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe people, the physically challenged and all those who are doing selfless service to society.
All persons without distinction of race, occupation, position or sex, are eligible to be nominated or recommended. Although, government servants (except doctors)and those working with PSUs, are not eligible.
The nominations or recommendations will be received only online on the Padma awards portal, https: //padmaawards.gov.in.
It should contain all relevant details specified in the format available on the Padma portal.
The last date to send the nominations is September 15, 2021.