New Delhi, Jul 11 : Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday asked people to send Padma awards nominations for those “doing exceptional work at the grassroots but not much known.”
“India has many talented people, who are doing exceptional work at the grassroots. Often, we don’t see or hear much of them. Do you know such inspiring people? You can nominate them for the #PeoplesPadma. Nominations are open till 15th September,” PM Modi said in a tweet.
The Padma awards—Padma Shri, Padma Bhushan and Padma Vibhushan—are among the highest civilian honours awarded by the Indian government on the Republic Day’s eve after being recommended by a Padma Awards Committee. This committee headed by cabinet secretary has Union home secretary, secretary to the President and other eminent persons as members.
“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,” according to information available on the Padma awards website.