In another major achievement for the Union Government, the Padma Awards nomination process has been opened to every Indian.
This means that anyone can nominate an achiever for three of the country’s highest civilian honours – the Padma Shri, Padma Bhushan and Padma Vibhushan.
Till now the right to nominate others for the prestigious Padma Awards was reserved by state governments, UTs Ministries, Central Government Departments, Bharat Ratna and Padma Vibhushan awardees, Central and State Ministers, Chief Ministers and Governors of State, Members of Parliament, etc.
President Pranab Mukherjee presenting the Padma Bhushan Award to Sania Mirza, in New Delhi on April 12, 2016.
By opening the Padma Awards nomination process to the public, the government attempts to tackle influence and lobbying for the awards while ensuring transparency. All a nominator has to do is go to the official website of the Padma Awards
and click on the ‘By Citizen’ button. After completing the registration formalities using an Aadhaar Card, the nominator can even nominate himself.
Another advantage of opening the process to the people is that many lesser-known achievers will now get a chance for the honour.
The last date for nomination is September 15. Over 1700 nominations have been received by the government.