Padma Awards for 2019

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The number of nominations received in the year 2017 was 35,595 and in 2016 the number was 18,768.

In 2018 84 distinguished people were honoured with the Padma awards and  89 prominent people were given the awards in 2017.

The Padma Vibhushan is given for exceptional and distinguished service, Padma Bhushan for distinguished service of high order and Padma Shri for distinguished service in any field.

The role of the award is to recognise 'work of distinction' and is given for distinguished and exceptional achievements and service in all fields and disciplines, such as, art, literature and education, sports, medicine, social work, science and engineering, public affairs, civil service, trade and industry etc.

No discrimination is done while giving this award.  In 1954 these awards were started and are announced on the occasion of the Republic Day every year.

The Padma awards are transformed as People's Awards' because people are encouraged to nominate unsung heroes who deserve these top civilian awards, the statement said.

In 2016 the nomination process was made online to  encourage citizens to participate in large numbers. and has made accessible to all people. 
The online nomination process for the Padma awards to be announced on the occasion of Republic Day, 2019 commenced on May 1, 2018 and the last date for submission of nominations was September 15, 2018.

Nominations were invited from central ministries, departments, states, union territories, Bharat Ratna and Padma Vibhushan awardees, institutes of excellence as also from several other sources to enable broad-based consideration.

All citizens can make nominations and recommendation including self-nomination.

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