New Delhi: The Union Home Ministry on Monday said the process of online nominations for the 2021 Padma awards, recognising distinguished and exceptional achievements and service in various disciplines, will be available till Tuesday.
The nominations or recommendations for the Padma awards will be received online only on the portal “https://padmaawards.gov.in/” \nhttps://padmaawards.gov.in, a statement from the ministry said.
The last date for online nominations or recommendations for the Padma awards is September 15, it said.
The Padma awards, namely Padma Vibhushan, Padma Bhushan and Padma Shri, are amongst the highest civilian awards of the country.
In the last few years, the Modi government has been honouring scores of unsung heroes with the Padma awards for their life-long contributions to the society and achievements in different fields.
Instituted in 1954, these awards are announced on the occasion of the Republic Day every year.
The awards seek to recognise ‘work of distinction’ and are given for distinguished and exceptional achievements or service in all fields or disciplines, such as art, literature and education, sports, medicine, social work, science and 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 government is committed to transform Padma awards into People’s Padma and all citizens are therefore requested to make nominations and recommendations, including self-nomination,” the statement said.
The nominations or recommendations should contain all relevant details specified in the format available on the Padma portal, including a citation in narrative form (maximum 800 words), clearly bringing out the distinguished and exceptional achievements or service of the person recommended in her or his respective field or discipline.
The home ministry has requested all central ministries, departments, states and 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 recognised from amongst women, weaker sections of the society, SCs and STs, divyang 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 (http://www.mha.gov.in/ \nwww.mha.gov.in ).
The statutes and rules relating to these awards are available on the website with the link https://padmaawards.gov.in/AboutAwards.