The Padma Awards- Padma Vibhushan, Padma Bhushan and Padma Shree are India’s Second, third and fourth highest civilian awards, respectively following India’s highest civilian awards Bharat Ratna.
Instituted in 1954, the Padma Awards are announced on January 26, on the occasion of India’s Republic Day, every year. The awards recognise the works of distinction and are given for distinguished and exceptional achievements or services in various fields/disciplines including art, literature, education, sports, medicine, social work, science and engineering, public affairs, trade and industry, etc.
Padma Awards 2023 Nominations Last Date
The nominations window opened on May 15, 2022 and the closing date is approaching near for the online nominations and recommendations for the three Padma Awards for 2023. The nominations/recommendations will be accepted till September 15, 2022, as per a government-release.
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Any Person without distinction or race, religion, occupation, position or sex is eligible for Padma Awards. However, individuals working for the government, including those holding posts of Public Sector Undertakings (PSUs) are not eligible for Padma Awards, except doctors and scientists.
Also, a higher category of Padma can be conferred on a person after a gap of five years from the earlier Padma Award. However, the award committee has the right to relax these rules in the case of highly deserving candidates.
How to Nominate?
As per the statement by the Ministry of Home Affairs, The government is committed to transform the Padma Awards into “People’s Padma”. “All the citizens are therefore required to make nominations/recommendations, including self nominations.
The nominations/recommendations can be done only through the National Award portal. Steps of nomination are as follows:
- Register on the official website (https://awards.gov.in/).
- Read the instruction PDF carefully and tab on By Citizen on the right corner.
- Once your registrationgets done, fill up the form of Padma Awards.
- At the end of the process write about your work and achievements in the description box carefully so that it should not exceed the prescribed world limit of 800 words.
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Who Hands Over the Padma Awards?
The President of India hands over the Padma Awards to the winners. Each awardee receives a Sanad (Certificate) signed by the President of India and a medallion. The awardee also receives a small replica of the medallion, which they can wear during any ceremonial or state function. There is no monetary grant attached to these awards.