In 2017, the total number of nominations received was 35,595 and in 2016 the number was 18,768. The Padma Vibhushan is awarded for exceptional and distinguished service; The nomination process for Padma Awards was made online in the year 2016; The technological intervention that has made the nomination process accessible to the people at large and the emphasis of the government to confer Padma Awards upon unsung heroes, who are doing selfless service to the nation, have resulted in a transformation. 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.
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