Recently, online nominations/recommendations for the Padma Awards 2024 have opened.
About Padma Awards:
- The Padma Awards namely, Padma Vibhushan, Padma Bhushan and Padma Shri, are amongst the highest civilian awards of the country.
- These Awards were instituted in 1954 and they are announced every year on the occasion of Republic Day.
- The award seeks to recognize ‘work of distinction’ and is given for distinguished and exceptional achievements/service in all fields/disciplines, such as- Art, Literature and Education, Sports, Medicine, Social Work etc.
- Eligibility for the nomination-
- All persons without distinction of race, occupation, position, or sex are eligible for these Awards.
- Government servants including those working with PSUs, except Doctors and Scientists, are not eligible for Padma Awards.
- Awardees receive a Sanad (Certificate) and Medallion, a small size replica (miniature) of the main medal is separately handed over to the recipient but no monetary grant is attached to these Awards.
- Who decides the winner?
- All nominations received for Padma Awards are placed before the Padma Awards Committee, which is constituted by the Prime Minister every year.
- The Padma Awards Committee is headed by the Cabinet Secretary and includes Home Secretary, Secretary to the President and four to six eminent persons as members.
- The Prime Minister and the President of India finally review and approve the recommendations.
- Result announcement
- The result will be announced on the occasion of Republic Day to recognize the ‘work of distinction’ of the people for their distinguished and exceptional achievements/service in all fields/disciplines.
Q1) When did India become a republic?
Though India became a free nation on August 15, 1947, it declared itself a Sovereign, Democratic and Republic state with the adoption of the Constitution on January 26, 1950.