In a major announcement, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday said that the government has decided to end the practice of ministers recommending name for Padma awards. Addressing entrepreneurs at a NITI Aayog programme, Modi said that from now onwards anyone can recommend a person for Padma awards online. “Padma awards in past were given on ministers’ recommendation. We removed this barrier and made it open to anyone for nomination. We have made a small reform. Now anyone can recommend a person for Padma award online. Now, unknown heroes are getting recognised,” said the prime minister.
“We believe every citizen has something to contribute to the nation & we want to integrate these strengths with our growth,” he added.
PM Modi also stressed on the importance of technology and innovation in governance. “Innovation is life. Wherever there is no innovation, there is stagnancy,” he said.