The Central Government of India has urged the citizens of India to recommend names for the Padma Awards providing 15th September as the last date for submitting their recommendations, as reported by the Press Trust of India (PTI) in one of its tweets today.
Centre urges citizens to recommend names for Padma awards, last date Sept 15
— Press Trust of India (@PTI_News) June 10, 2021
The Padma Awards are one of the highest civilian honours of India which are announced annually on the evening of Republic Day that is 26th January. The Padma Awards are segregated into three categories which are Padma Vibhushan (an honour given for exceptional and distinguished service), Padma Bhushan (an honour given for distinguished service of higher order) and Padma Shri (an honour given for distinguished service). Achievements in all fields of disciplines or activities where an element of public service is involved is included in the category.
The Padma Award Committee gives recommendations on which the Padma Awards are conferred. The Centre said that it was committed to transform Padma awards into ‘People’s Padma’ from this year.
The Union ministry has mentioned that nominations for the Padma Awards and recommendations will be received online only on padmaawards.gov.in, in a statement. All relevant details specified in the format available on the portal, including a citation in narrative form (maximum 800 words) bringing out the distinguished and exceptional achievements clearly along with the person’s services rendered in his or her respective field or discipline in the nominations and recommendations submitted, as said in the statement.
A special search committee has been asked to be set up by states as said by the Central government to find out prospective awardees who have so far been left out of consideration despite their exceptional services.
Netizens have inquired about the criteria needed for recommendations and many have also proposed the name of Sonu Sood as their recommendation for Padma Awards.