In order to maintain transparency and curb the crony culture of lobbying and influence, the government has thrown open the nomination process of the prestigious Padma Awards to general public. This means any Indian can now recommend any achiever for the Awards. The nominations can be made online but the nominators would be required to furnish their Aadhaar details for authenticity and accountability.
The site http://padmaawards.gov.in/ has four widgets; About Padma Awards, Selection guidelines, previous awardees and nomination. The Padma Awards website also hosts an interactive dashboard of all the awardees from 1954, the year when these awards were instituted, to 2016. The dashboard enables a user to understand, explore and analyze all the Padma awardees – across categories, year, state and profession. One can even nominate themselves if one desires.
“For the first time, government of India is encouraging the people of India to nominate achievers for the Padma Awards,” sources told PTI. It is a step towards transforming the national awards into a truly people’s award which will no longer remain restricted to elite rulers, they said. Opening up of the nomination process to the general public will also help in identifying unsung or lesser known people of excellence, the sources said. “Simple online nomination encourages and facilitates all Indian citizens to participate,” the sources added. “Online application portal plus electronic management system harnesses technology to make processing of nominations efficient and transparent,” the sources said.
The government has already received over 1700 nominations and the last date of nomination is September 15.
(With inputs from agencies)