The Padma Vibhushan is the second-highest civilian award of the Republic of India, second only to the Bharat Ratna. Instituted on 2 January 1954, the award is given for "exceptional and distinguished service", without distinction of race, occupation, position, or sex. The award criteria include "service in any field including service rendered by Government servants" including doctors and scientists, but excluding those working with the public sector undertakings. Up to january 2020, the award has been bestowed on 314 individuals, including 16 posthumous and 21 non-citizen recipients.
BJP stalwarts Arun Jaitley and Sushma Swaraj and socialist icon George Fernandes, all of whom passed away last year, have been honoured with the Padma Vibhushan, the country’s second highest civilian.. IndiaTimes - Published
The government on Saturday announced the Padma Awards - one of the highest civilian Awards of the country. The awards are conferred in three categories, namely, Padma Vibhushan, Padma Bhushan and Padma.. IndiaTimes - Published
Six-time world champion boxer M C Mary Kom has been recommended for the prestigious Padma Vibhushan award. Reigning world champion, badminton star P V Sindhu, has received the ministry’s nomination.. IndiaTimes - Published