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Padma awards: A website to help you know more

With an interactive dashboard, the Union ministry of home affairs has brought all the awardees from 1954, the year when these awards were instituted, to 2016 in one place through the Padma Awards website.

india Updated: Sep 13, 2016 14:34 IST
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Actor Rajinikanth receives Padma Vibhushan from President Pranab Mukherjee during Padma Awards ceremony at Rashtrapati Bhawan.(HT File Photo)

Every year the government gives away the prestigious Padma awards to honour people who have made an exceptional contribution in their respective fields of work.

The list of awardees is a long one with people from the fields of art, social work, public affairs, science and engineering, trade and Industry, medicine, literature and education, civil service and sports getting recognised for their “distinguished service”.

Most of the names are lost in the din of sheer numbers and only those cramming for competitive examinations tend to know a little more about the awardees.

With an interactive dashboard, the Union ministry of home affairs has brought all the awardees from 1954, the year when these awards were instituted, to 2016 in one place through the Padma Awards website. http://padmaawards.gov.in:8888/

The dashboard allows a user to explore all the 4,329 Padma awardees - 45 Bharat Ratnas, 293 Padma Vibhushans, 1,225 Padma Bhushans and 2,766 Padma Shris - till date across categories, year, state and profession.

The information can be accessed in a simple and intuitive format and users can also search for the name of an awardee and get all the information. They can also get to know about the history of the awards, process of selection and also nominate someone they think have done the country proud.

The government has also thrown open the nomination process to the general public to make it transparent and curb the crony culture of influence and lobbying 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 government has already received over 1,700 nominations and the last date of nomination is September 15.

(With inputs from PTI)