Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday asked the nation’s people to nominate inspiring people for the Padma Awards, which he called People’s Padma (with a hashtag). The last date for Padma Awards nominations is September 15.
“India has a lot of talented people, who do exceptional work at the grassroots. Often we don’t see or hear much from them. Do you know such inspiring people? You can nominate them for the #PeoplesPadma. Nominations are open until September 15th,” said Prime Minister Modes in his tweet.
The tweet comes as the government has launched an initiative to identify such people working on the grassroots. The Union Ministry of the Interior has urged all central ministries, states and other winners to identify people whose excellence and achievements deserve to be recognized.
At his first ‘Mann Ki Baat’ speech of the year in January, Prime Minister Modi had urged people in the country to learn more about people in order to learn about “unsung heroes” who work selflessly.
He also posted a link of the Padma Awards website where people can post their nominations. A government press release states that nominations or endorsements for Padma Awards will only be received online. The government has also ensured self-nomination.
The Padma Awards – Padma Vibhushan, Padma Bhushan and Padma Shri – are among the highest civilian awards in the country. These awards were established in 1954 and are announced each year on the occasion of Republic Day.
The award is intended to recognize ‘work of distinction’ and is awarded for distinctive and exceptional achievements/services in all fields/disciplines, such as art, literature and education, sports, medicine, social work, science and technology, public affairs, civil service , trade and industry.
The government has prescribed the form in which the application must be submitted. People making the nomination must also post a narrative citation – within the prescribed word limit of 800 words – detailing the performance/service of the featured person.