Bharat Ratna, the highest civilian award for 2019 was conferred upon Shri Pranab Mukherjee, the 13th President of India from 2012 until 2017, Shri Bhupen Hazarika, and Shri Nanaji Deshmukh, Social Activist, and a member of RSS.
Padma Awards 2019, one of the highest civilian awards were also distributed on 25th Jan 2019, on the eve of Republic day by the President of India at ceremonial functions which were held at Rashtrapati Bhawan.
These Padma awards are conferred in 3 categories: Padma Vibhushan, Padma Bhushan, and Padma Shri For the year 2019, the President of India Ram Nath Kovind approved 112 Padma Awards. It comprises 4 Padma Vibhushan, 14 Padma Bhushan and 94 Padma Shri Awards. Of the list, 21 awardees are women, 11 persons form the category of Foreigners/NRI/PIO/ OCI, 3 Posthumous awardees and 1 transgender person.
The recipients of Padma Vibhushan awards are Ms. Teejan Bai, Shri Anil kumar Manibhai Naik, Shri Balwant Moreshwar Purandare, and Shri Ismail Omar Guelleh. The recipients of Padma Bhushan are Shri Darshan Lal Jain, Shri Parvin Gordhan, Shri Mohanlal Viswanathan Nair, Shri Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa, Shri Ashok Laxmanrao Kukade, Shri Kariya Munda, etc.
The Padma Shri recipients are Rajeshwar Acharya, Illias Ali, Manoj Bajpayee, Uddhab Kumar Bharali, Jyoti Bhatt, Pritam Bhartwan, Dilip Chakravarty, Swapan Chaudhuri, Sunil Chhetri, Babulal Dahiya, etc