In News: The Government of India has instituted the ‘Sardar Patel National Unity Award’ - Highest Civilian Award for contribution to Unity and Integrity of India, in the name of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel.

About the award: 

  • The Award seeks to recognize notable and inspiring contributions to promote the cause of national unity and integrity and to reinforce the value of a strong and united India. 
  • The award will be announced on the occasion of the National Unity Day, i.e. the birth anniversary of Sardar Patel on 31st October.
  • The Award shall be conferred by the President by a Sanad under his hand and seal and presented by him in a presentation ceremony along with the Padma award presentation ceremony held in Rashtrapati Bhawan.
  • An Award Committee would be constituted by the Prime Minister, which would include the Cabinet Secretary, Principal Secretary to the Prime Minister, Secretary to the President, Home Secretary as Members and three-four eminent persons selected by the Prime Minister.
  • The Award would consist of a medal and a citation. 
  • No monetary grant or cash award would be attached to this Award. Not more than three Awards would be given in a year. 
  • It would not be conferred posthumously except in very rare and highly deserving cases.

All citizens, without distinction of religion, race, caste, gender, place of birth, age or occupation, and any institution/organization would be eligible for the Award.