The Ministry of Home Affairs has received a record high of 49,992 nominations for the Padma Awards 2019.
The government has encouraged people to nominate unsung heroes who deserve these top Civilian awards (Padma Vibhushan, Padma Bhushan and Padma Shri), these awards are announced on Republic Day every year.
The government has transformed the Padma awards into a ‘People’s Awards’ in true sense. People are encouraged to nominate unsung heroes who deserve these top civilian awards, the statement said.
The nomination process for Padma Awards was made online in the year 2016; and a simple, accessible and secure online platform was put in place to encourage citizens to participate in large numbers.
The technological intervention that has made the nomination process accessible to the people at large and the emphasis of the government to confer Padma Awards upon unsung heroes, who are doing selfless service to the nation, have resulted in a transformation.
The online nomination process has made it accessible for the people and made it easier for the government to confer the award upon people who are doing selfless service to the nation.
The nomination process for the year 2019 commenced on May 1, 2018 and ended on September 15, 2018.
The ministry received 35,595 nominations in the previous year, and 18,768 in the year 2016.