The last date for online nominations and recommendations for the Padma Awards to be announced on the occasion of Republic Day, 2021 has been extended up to September 15, 2020.
The nominations were opened on May 1st and received over 8.35 registrations on the Padma Awards Portal https://padmaawards.gov.in out of which 6361 nominations or recommendations have been completed.
The Padma Awards, namely, Padma Vibhushan, Padma Bhushan and Padma Shri, are amongst the highest civilian awards of the country. Instituted in 1954, these Awards are announced on the occasion of the Republic Day every year. The award seeks to recognize ‘work of distinction’ and is given for distinguished and exceptional achievements or service in all fields, disciplines, including, Art, Literature, Education, Sports, Medicine, Social Work, Science, Engineering, Public Affairs, Civil Service, Trade and Industry etc. All persons without distinction of race, occupation, position or sex are eligible for these awards. Government servants including those working with PSUs, except Doctors and Scientists, are not eligible for Padma Awards.
The nominations or recommendations should contain all relevant details specified in the format available on the above said Padma Portal, including a citation in narrative form in a maximum 800 words, clearly bringing out the distinguished and exceptional achievements, services of the person recommended in her or his respective field or discipline.
The Ministry of Home Affairs has requested all Central Ministries, Departments, States, UT Governments, Bharat Ratna and Padma Vibhushan awardees, Institutes of Excellence that concerted efforts may be made to identify talented persons whose excellence and achievements really deserve to be recognized from amongst women, weaker sections of the society, SCs & STs, Ddivyang persons and persons who are doing selfless service to the society.
Further details in this regard are available under the heading ‘Awards and Medals’ on the website of Ministry of Home Affairs www.mha.gov.in. The statutes and rules relating to these awards are available on the website with the link https://padmaawards.gov.in/AboutAwards.aspx