The People’s Awards of India
Padma Awards speak volumes about an individual’s services and substantiate their credibility. Such appreciation and recognition are powerful motivators. It is a testament to the individual’s work, dedication and unique speciality.
The PeoplesPadma movement marks a paradigm shift in JanBhagidari for building a New India. In 2017, the decision to open up
recommendations for Padma Awards by regular citizens was made by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Since then the Awards have really come a long way by honouring the true heroes of India. Awards, particularly, those accorded by the Government, must reflect our national character. Over the last few years, the Padma Awards have given more importance to the nominees’ work than their identities. The nomination process was opened to the public at large, thereby making it a people’s movement. The government has created an online nomination platform for common citizens to recommend the civilian “Padma” awards nomination annually. Recognizing our real heroes at the grassroots levels, the Awards acknowledges the tireless efforts of those rendering services to their communities and society. MyGov presents an unprecedented opportunity for citizens to get involved and be a part of this historic movement. The government has urged all citizens to identify talented persons whose excellence and achievements really deserve to be recognised from amongst women, SC, STs, divyang persons and who are doing selfless service to society and make their nominations or recommendations.
The government led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been honouring with Padma awards since 2017, many “unsung heroes”, for their tireless and relentless contributions to the society. The change in Padma Award has come recently from the past 3-4 years. Earlier, powerful personalities used to recommend for the awards and they used to get it. But now, Prime Minister Narendra Modi along with his entire team, lookout for the people who are working for real. The process to send recommendations for awards has also become online. But above all, you can see how these people have been searched, which includes collecting reports from the District Collector.
From the area that person belongs
to, so it can be confirmed that he/she
is genuinely working, ” the Former
Lok Sabha Speaker and an eminent
Parliamentarian Sumitra Mahajan
told Prasar Bharati News Services.
The government received 46,000
nominations for the 2020 awards — in
2014, there were only 2,200 nominations. The government also launched
the Padma Quiz in 2018, an online quiz
that allows winners to attend the
Padma Award ceremony in person at
Rashtrapati Bhavan. The changes
introduced have removed the ambiguity around nominations. It has also
made the process of selection more
transparent. The ability of people to
participate in the award process is
more accessible. The new criteria for
selection have given hope to many
who would never have considered
themselves winning some of the country’s highest civilian awards. Now
they can, and many have in the last
couple of years applied and have been
recoganised. No system of selection is
without a flaw, but it is closest to a
democratic process, that has been
adopted to find the deserved candidates.
The Padma Awards are conferred
on the recommendations made by the
Padma Awards Committee, which is
constituted by the Prime Minister
Padma Awards, which were instituted in the year 1954, is announced
every year on the occasion of Republic
Day except for brief interruption(s)
during the years 1978 and 1979 and
1993 to 1997.