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Nominations for Prestigious Padma Awards 2024 Open Until September 15, 2023

New Delhi, September 12, 2023 – The much-anticipated call for nominations and recommendations for the esteemed Padma Awards 2024 has been officially announced. Online nominations opened on May 1, 2023, and will remain open until September 15, 2023. The Padma Awards, including the Padma Vibhushan, Padma Bhushan, and Padma Shri, are among India’s highest civilian honors and are presented annually on Republic Day.

Recognizing Excellence in All Fields

Instituted in 1954, the Padma Awards serve as a tribute to exceptional individuals who have made outstanding contributions in various fields and disciplines. These awards aim to recognize “work of distinction” and are presented in diverse categories, including Art, Literature, Education, Sports, Medicine, Social Work, Science, Engineering, Public Affairs, Civil Service, Trade, and Industry.

One of the unique features of the Padma Awards is their inclusivity, as they are open to all individuals without any distinction of race, occupation, position, or gender. These awards are a testament to India’s rich tradition of honoring excellence and inspiring future generations.

Transformation Towards “People’s Padma”

The government is committed to transforming the Padma Awards into a truly “People’s Padma.” As part of this effort, all citizens are encouraged to participate in the nomination process, including self-nominations. The objective is to identify and celebrate talented individuals whose exceptional achievements and contributions deserve national recognition. This inclusive approach also seeks to highlight the accomplishments of women, members of weaker sections of society, SCs & STs, divyang persons (persons with disabilities), and others who are dedicatedly serving society.

Submitting Nominations/Recommendations

Those interested in submitting nominations or recommendations for the Padma Awards 2024 should provide all relevant details as specified in the format available on the Rashtriya Puraskar Portal ( The submission should include a citation in narrative form, with a maximum of 800 words, clearly highlighting the distinguished and exceptional achievements or services of the person being recommended in their respective field or discipline.

Comprehensive information regarding the nomination process, guidelines, and rules can also be found under the ‘Awards and Medals’ section on the Ministry of Home Affairs website ( and on the dedicated Padma Awards Portal (

India’s Padma Awards are not just accolades; they are a celebration of excellence, a testament to the nation’s appreciation for those who have made extraordinary contributions to various facets of life. As the call for nominations opens, it is an opportunity for every citizen to play a part in recognizing and honoring exceptional individuals who have left an indelible mark on the nation’s collective journey.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

  1. What are the Padma Awards, and when were they instituted?The Padma Awards, which include the Padma Vibhushan, Padma Bhushan, and Padma Shri, are prestigious civilian awards in India. They were instituted in 1954.
  2. When can nominations and recommendations for the Padma Awards 2024 be submitted?Nominations and recommendations opened on May 1, 2023, and will be accepted until September 15, 2023.
  3. Who is eligible for the Padma Awards?All individuals, irrespective of their race, occupation, position, or gender, are eligible for the Padma Awards. Government servants, except Doctors and Scientists, are not eligible.
  4. What is the government’s vision for the Padma Awards?The government aims to transform the Padma Awards into “People’s Padma,” encouraging all citizens, including self-nominations, to participate in recognizing exceptional individuals. The focus is on identifying talent across diverse sections of society.
  5. Where can I find more information about the Padma Awards and the nomination process?Detailed information about the Padma Awards and the nomination process can be found on the Rashtriya Puraskar Portal (, the Ministry of Home Affairs website (, and the Padma Awards Portal (

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