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PARAM VIR CHAKRA

Instituted on 26 Jan 1950, to recognize the most conspicuous bravery or some daring or pre-eminent act of valour or self-sacrifice in the presence of the enemy.

Design of the Medal and Ribbon

Medal:  Circular in shape, made of bronze, one and three eighth inches in diameter and on obverse, four replicas of "Indra's Vajra" with the State Emblem (including the motto), embossed in the centre. On its reverse, it shall have embossed Param Vir Chakra both in Hindi and English with two lotus flowers between Hindi and English.  The fitting will be swivel mounting.

 

Ribbon:   Plain purple coloured ribbon.

Bar:   If any recipient of the Chakra again performs such an act of bravery, as makes him or her eligible to receive the Chakra, such further act of bravery shall be recorded by a Bar to be attached to the riband by which the Chakra is suspended. For every Bar awarded, a replica of the "Indra's Vajra" in miniature shall be added to the riband when worn alone.

Personnel Eligible: The following categories of personnel shall be eligible for the Chakra :-
  1. Officers, men and women of all ranks of the Army, the Navy and the Air Force, of any of the Reserve Forces, of the Territorial Army, Militia and of any other lawfully constituted Armed Forces.

  2. Matrons, Sisters, Nurses and the staff of the Nursing Services and other Services pertaining to Hospitals and Nursing and Civilians of either sex serving regularly or temporarily under the orders, directions or supervision of any of the above-mentioned Forces.

Conditions of Eligibility:   The Chakra is awarded for most conspicuous bravery or some daring or pre-eminent act of valour or self sacrifice, in the presence of the enemy, whether on land, at sea, or in the air.  The decoration may be awarded posthumously.                      

Monetary Allowance:    Rs. 3000/- and each bar to the decoration will carry the same amount of monetary allowance as admissible to the original award with effect from 01.01.1996. 

 

MAHAVIR CHAKRA

Instituted on 26 Jan 1950 to recognise the act of  gallantry in the presence of the enemy.

Design of the Medal and Ribbon

Medal:  Circular in shape and is made of standard silver, and is embossed on the obverse a five pointed heraldic star with the points of the star just touching the rim.  Medal shall be one and three eighth inches in diameter.  The State emblem (including motto) is embossed in the centre-piece which is dorned.  The star is polished and the centre piece is in gold gilt.  On the reverse it will have embossed Maha Vir Chakra both in Hindi and English with two lotus flowers between Hindi and English.  The fitting is swivel mounting.

Ribbon:  The ribbon is of a half-white and half-orange colour.

Bar:  If any recipient of the Chakra again performs such an act of bravery, as makes him or her eligible to receive the Chakra, such further act of bravery will be recorded by a Bar to be attached to the riband by which the chakra is suspended. For every Bar awarded, a replica of the Chakra in miniature shall be added to the riband when worn alone.

Personnel Eligible:  The following categories of personnel shall be eligible for the Chakra :-
  1. Officers, men and women of all ranks of the Army, the Navy and the Air Force, of any of the Reserve Forces, of the Territorial Army, Militia and of any other lawfully constituted Armed Forces.

  2. Matrons, Sisters, Nurses and the staff of the Nursing Services and other Services pertaining to Hospitals and Nursing and Civilians of either sex serving regularly or temporarily under the orders, directions or supervision of any of the above-mentioned Forces.

Conditions of Eligibility:  The medal is awarded for gallantry in the presence of the enemy on land, at sea or in the air.  The decoration may be awarded posthumously.Monetary Allowance.     Rs. 2400/- pm and each bar to the decoration will carry the same amount of monetary allowance as admissible to the original award with effect from 01.02.1999.

 

ASHOKA CHAKRA

Instituted on 04 Jan 1952 and renamed on 27 Jan 1967 to recognize the most conspicuous bravery or some act of daring or pre-eminent act of valor or self-sacrifice otherwise than in the face of the enemy. 

Design of the Medal and Ribbon

Medal:  Circular in shape, one and three eighth inches in diameter with rims on both sides and will be of gold-gilt.  On the obverse, it shall have embossed a replica of Ashoka's Chakra in the centre surrounded by a lotus wreath.  On its reverse shall be embossed the words "Ashoka Chakra" both in Hindi and English, the two versions being separated by two lotus flowers.

Ribbon:   Green colour ribbon divided into two equal segments by an orange vertical line.

Bar:   If a recipient of the Chakra again performs such an act of gallantry as would have made him or her eligible to receive the Chakra, such further act of gallantry shall be recognised by a Bar to be attached to the riband by which the Chakra is suspended and, for every subsequent act of gallantry, an additional Bar shall be added.  For every such Bar, a replica of the Chakra in miniature shall be added to the riband when worn alone.

Personnel Eligible:  The following categories of personnel shall be eligible for the Chakra :-
  1. Officers, men and women of all ranks of the Army, the Navy and the Air Force, of any of the Reserve Forces, of the Territorial Army, Militia and of any other lawfully constituted Armed Forces.

  2. Members of the Nursing Services of the Armed Forces.

  3. Civilian citizens of either sex in all walks of life and members of Police Forces including Central Para-Military Forces and Railway Protection Force.

Conditions of Eligibility:   The Chakra is awarded for most conspicuous bravery or some act of daring or pre-eminent act of valour or self-sacrifice otherwise than in the face of the enemy. The decoration may be awarded posthumously.Monetary Allowance.    Rs. 2800/- and each bar to the decoration will carry the same amount of monetary allowance as admissible to the original award with effect from 01.02.1999. 

KIRTI CHAKRA

The Kirti Chakra award for gallantry was first instituted on 04 Jan1952 as Ashoka Chakra class -II.  It was redesingated as Kirti Chakra on 27 Jan 1967.

Design of the Medal and Ribbon

Medal:  Circular in shape and is made of standard silver, one and three eight inches in diameter.  On the obverse of the medal shall be embossed a replica of Ashoka Chakra in the centre, surrounded by a lotus wreath. On its reverse shall be embossed the words ˇ§KIRTI CHAKRAˇ¨ both in Hindi and in English the versions being separated by two lotus flowers.

Ribbon:   Green colour ribbon divided into three equal parts by two orange vertical lines.

Bar:  If a recipient of the Chakra again performs such an act of gallantry as would have made him or her eligible to receive the Chakra, such further act of bravery shall be recognised by a Bar to be attached to the riband by which the Chakra is suspended. For every Bar awarded, a replica of the Chakra in miniature shall be added to the riband when worn alone.

Personnel Eligible: The following categories of personnel shall be eligible for the Chakra :-
  1. Officers, men and women of all ranks of the Army, the Navy and the Air Force, of any of the Reserve Forces, of the Territorial Army, Militia and of any other lawfully constituted Armed Forces.

  2. Members of the Nursing Services of the Armed Forces.

  3. Civilian citizens of either sex in all walks of life and members of Police Forces including Central Para-Military Forces and Railway Protection Force.

Conditions of Eligibility:  The medal is awarded for conspicuous gallantry otherwise than in the face of the enemy.    The decoration may be awarded posthumously.Monetary Allowance.   Rs. 2100/- pm and each bar to the decoration will carry the same amount of monetary allowance as admissible to the original award with effect from 01.02.1999.

 

VIR CHAKRA

Instituted on 26 Jan 1950 and awarded for acts of Gallantry in the presence of the enemy.

Design of the Medal and Ribbon

Medal:  Circular in shape and is made of standard silver, and is embossed on the obverse a five pointed heraldic star with the points of the star just touching the rim.  The State Emblem (including motto) is embossed in the centre-piece which is domed.  The star is polished and the centre piece is in gold gilt.  On the reverse it will have embossed Vir Chakra both in Hindi and English with two lotus flowers between Hindi and English wording.  The fitting is swivel mounting.

Ribbon:   The ribbon is of half blue and half orange in colour.

Bar:   If any recipient of the Chakra again performs such an act of bravery, as makes him or her eligible to receive the Chakra, such further act of bravery will be recorded by a Bar to be attached to the riband by which the Chakra is suspended.   Any such Bar or Bars may also be awarded posthumously. For every Bar awarded, a replica of the Chakra in miniature shall be added to the riband when worn alone.

Personnel Eligible:  The following categories of personnel shall be eligible for the Chakra :-
  1. Officers, men and women of all ranks of the Army, the Navy and the Air Force, of any of the Reserve Forces, of the Territorial Army, Militia and of any other lawfully constituted Armed Forces.

  2. Matrons, Sisters, Nurses and the staff of the Nursing Services and other Services pertaining to Hospitals and Nursing and Civilians of either sex serving regularly or temporarily under the orders, directions or supervision of any of the above-mentioned Forces.

Conditions of Eligibility:  The Chakra is awarded for acts of gallantry in the presence of the enemy, whether on land or at sea or in the air. The decoration may be awarded posthumously.Monetary Allowance.    Rs. 1700/- pm and each bar to the decoration will carry the same amount of monetary allowance as admissible to the original awards with effect from 01.02.1999. 

SHAURYA CHAKRA

Instituted on 4 Jan 1952 as Ashoka Chakra Class-III and renamed on 27 Jan 1967 as Shaurya Chakra and awarded for gallantry, otherwise than in the face of the enemy.

Design of the Medal and Ribbon

Medal:  Circular in shape and of bronze, one and three-eighth inches in diameter.   On the obverse of the medal shall have embossed a replica of Ashoka Chakra in the centre, surrounded by a lotus wreath.  On its reverse shall be embossed the words "SHAURYA CHAKRA" both in Hindi and English, the two versions being separated by two lotus flowers.

Ribbon:   Green colour ribbon divided into four equal parts by three vertical lines.

Bar:    If any recipient of the Chakra again performs such an act of gallantry as makes him or her eligible to receive the Chakra, such further act of gallantry will be recorded by a Bar to be attached to the riband by which the Chakra is suspended. For every Bar awarded, a replica of the Chakra in miniature shall be added to the riband when worn alone.

Personnel Eligible: The following categories of personnel shall be eligible for the Chakra :-
  1. Officers, men and women of all ranks of the Army, the Navy and the Air Force, of any of the Reserve Forces, of the Territorial Army, Militia and of any other lawfully constituted Forces.

  2. Members of the Nursing Services of the Armed Forces.

  3. Civilian citizens of either sex in all walks of life and members of Police Forces including Central Para-Military Forces and Railway Protection Force.

Conditions of Eligibility:The Chakra is awarded for gallantry otherwise than in the face of the enemy. The decoration may be awarded posthumously.

Monetary Allowance:   Rs. 1500/- pm and each bar to the decoration will carry the same amount of monetary allowance as admissible to the original award with effect from 01.02.1999.

 

SARVOTTAM YUDH SEVA MEDAL

Instituted on 26 Jun 1980 to recognize the distinguished service of the most exceptional order during war/conflict/hostilities.

Design of the Medal and Ribbon

Medal: Circular in shape, 35 mm in diameter and fitted to a plain horizontal bar with standard fittings. The medal shall be of gold gilt. The medal shall have on its obverse the State Emblem and the inscriptions "SARVOTTAM YUDH SEVA MEDAL" (in English). On its reverse, it shall have a five pointed star.

Ribbon: Golden colour with one red vertical stripe in the centre dividing it into two equal parts.

Bar: If a recipient of the medal is subsequently awarded the medal again, every such further award shall be recognised by a Bar to be attached to the riband by which the medal is suspended. For every such Bar, a miniature insignia of a pattern approved by the Government shall be added to the riband when worn alone.

Personnel Eligible: The following categories of personnel shall be eligible for the medal: -

  1. All ranks of the Army, the Navy and the Air Force including those of Territorial Army Units, Auxiliary and Reserve Forces and other lawfully constituted Armed Forces when embodied.

  2. Nursing officers and other members of the Nursing Services in the Armed Forces.

Conditions of Eligibility: The medal is awarded for distinguished service of the most exceptional order during war/ conflict/ hostilities. The medal may be awarded posthumously.

 

UTTAM YUDH SEVA MEDAL

Instituted on 26 Jun 1980 to recognize the distinguished service of an exceptional order during war/conflict/hostilities.

Design of the Medal and Ribbon

Medal: Circular in shape, 35 mm in diameter and fitted to a plain horizontal bar with standard fittings and is made of gold gilt. The medal have on its obverse the State Emblem and the inscriptions “UTTAM YUDH SEVA MEDAL” (in English). On its reverse, it has a five pointed star.

Ribbon: Golden colour with two red vertical stripes dividing it into three equal parts.

Bar:If a recipient of the medal is subsequently awarded the medal again, every such further award shall be recognised by a Bar to be attached to the riband by which the medal is suspended. For every such Bar, a miniature insignia of a pattern approved by the Government shall be added to the riband when worn alone.

Personnel Eligible: The following categories of personnel shall be eligible for the medal :-

(a) All ranks of the Army, the Navy and the Air Force including those of Territorial Army Units, Auxiliary and Reserve Forces and other lawfully constituted Armed Forces when embodied.

(b) Nursing officers and other members of the Nursing Services in the Armed Forces.

Conditions of Eligibility: The medal is awarded for distinguished service of an exceptional order during war/ conflict/ hostilities. The medal may be awarded posthumously.

 

YUDDH SEVA MEDAL

Instituted on 26 Jun 1980 to recognise distinguished service of a high order during war/conflict/hostilities.

Design of the Medal and Ribbon

Medal: Circular in shape, 35 mm in diameter and fitted to a plain horizontal bar with standard fittings. The medal is made of gold gilt. The medal shall have on its obverse the State Emblem and the inscriptions "YUDH SEVA MEDAL" (in English). On its reverse, it shall have a five-pointed star.

Ribbon: Gold colour with three red vertical stripes dividing it into four equal parts.

Bar: If a recipient of the medal is subsequently awarded the medal again, every such further award shall be recognised by a Bar to be attached to the riband by which the medal is suspended. For every such Bar, a miniature insignia of a pattern approved by the Government shall be added to the riband when worn alone.

Personnel Eligible: The following categories of personnel shall be eligible for the award of the Medal:-

(a) All ranks of the Army, the Navy and the Air Force including Territorial Army Units, Auxiliary and Reserve Forces (when embodied) and other lawfully constituted Armed Forces.

(b) Nursing officers and other members of the Nursing Services in the Armed Forces.

Conditions of Eligibility. The award is given for distinguished service of a high order during war/conflict/hostilities. The medal may be awarded posthumously.

 

PARAM VISHISHT SEVA MEDAL

Instituted on 26 Jan 1960 as VSM Class-I to recognise the distinguished service of the most exceptional order. It was renamed on 27.01.1967 as PVSM.

Design of the Medal and Ribbon

Medal: Round in shape, 35 mm in diameter and fitted to a plain horizontal bar with standard fittings. It is made of gold gilt. On its obverse is embossed a five-pointed star and on its reverse is the State Emblem and the inscription embossed along the upper rim.

Ribbon: The ribbon is of gold colour with one dark blue stripe down the centre dividing it into two equal parts.

Bar: If a recipient of the medal is subsequently awarded the medal again, every such further award shall be recognised by a Bar to be attached to the riband by which the medal is suspended. For every such bar, a miniature insignia of a pattern by the Govt shall be added to the riband when worn alone.

Personnel Eligible: The following categories of personnel shall be eligible for the medal :-

(a) All ranks of the Army, the Navy and the Air Force including Territorial Army Units, Auxiliary and Reserve Forces (when embodied) and other lawfully constituted Armed Forces.

(b) Nursing officers and other members of the Nursing Services in the Armed Forces.

Conditions of Eligibility: The medal is awarded for distinguished service of the most exceptional order.

 

ATI VISHISHT SEVA MEDAL

Instituted on 26 Jan 1960 as VSM Class-II for distinguished Service of an exceptional order. It was renamed on 27.01.1967 as AVSM.

Design of the Medal and Ribbon

Medal: Circular in shape, 35 mm in diameter and fitted to a plain horizontal bar with standard fitting. The medal is made of standard silver. On its obverse is embossed a five-pointed star and on its reverse is the State Emblem and the inscription embossed along the upper rim.

Ribbon: The ribbon is of gold colour with two dark blue stripes dividing it into three equal parts.

Bar: If a recipient of the medal is subsequently awarded the medal again, every such further award shall be recognised by a Bar to be attached to the riband by which the medal is suspended. For every such Bar, a miniature insignia of a pattern approved by the Government shall be added to the riband when worn alone.

Personnel Eligible: The following categories of personnel shall be eligible for the medal :-

(a) All ranks of the Army, the Navy and the Air Force including Territorial Army Units, Auxiliary and Reserve Forces (when embodied) and other lawfully constituted Armed Forces.

(b) Nursing officers and other members of the Nursing Services in the Armed Forces.

Conditions of Eligibility: The medal is awarded for distinguished service of an exceptional order.

 

VISHISHT SEVA MEDAL

Instituted on 26 Jan 1960 and as VSM Class-III to recognise the distinguished service of a high order. It was renamed on 27.01.1967 as VSM.


Design of the Medal and Ribbon

Medal: Circular in shape, 35 mm in diameter and fitted to a plain horizontal bar with standard fitting. The medal is made of bronze. On its obverse is embossed a five-pointed star and on its reverse is the State Emblem and the inscription embossed along the upper rim.

Ribbon: The ribbon is of gold colour with three dark blue stripes dividing it into four equal parts.

Bar: If a recipient of the medal is subsequently awarded the medal again, every such further award shall be recognised by a Bar to be attached to the riband by which the medal is suspended.

Personnel Eligible:The following categories of personnel shall be eligible for the medal :-

(a) All ranks of the Army, the Navy and the Air Force including Territorial Army Units, Auxiliary and Reserve Forces (when embodied) and other lawfully constituted Armed Forces.

(b) Nursing officers and other members of the Nursing Services in the Armed Forces.

Conditions of Eligibility: The medal is awarded for distinguished service of a high order.

 

VAYU SENA MEDAL

Instituted on 26 Jan 1960 to recognise exceptional devotion to duty or acts of courage by Air Force personnel. In 1994, the award was spilt into VM (Devotion to duty) and VM (Gallantry).

Design of the Medal and Ribbon

Medal: The medal is five-pointed star, made of standard silver 35 mm in diameter. The mounting is fixed on a ring attached to a metal strip 3 mm wide ornamented with Ashoka leaves. The State Emblem is embossed on obverse, in the centre, encircled by a garland of leaves. On its reverse, it has representation of Himalayan Eagle with the inscription below it.

Ribbon: 32 mm in width in alternate stripes of saffron and silver grey, each 3 mm in width running diagonally from right to left.

Bar: The Bar to the Medal (when awarded) is attached to the ribbon by which the Medal is suspended. On those occasions when only the ribbon is worn, a suitable miniature insignia of a pattern approved by the Government is to be tied to the center of the ribbon.

Personnel Eligible: The following categories of personnel shall be eligible for the award of the Medal:-

(a) Officers and airmen of the Regular Air Force and officers and airmen of Auxiliary Air Force, Air Defence Reserve and Regular Reserve when called upon under Section 25 of the Reserve and Auxiliary Air Force Act, 1952.

(b) Army officers serving as pilots in Aviation Corp. will also be eligible for the award of this Medal.

Conditions of Eligibility: The award is given for such individual acts of exceptional devotion to duty or courage as have special significance for the Air Force. VM (Gallantry) is awarded in recognition of an act of courage whereas VM (Devotion to duty) is awarded in recognition of individual acts of exceptional devotion to duty. A bar shall be given for every subsequent award of the Medal to a person. Award may be made posthumously.

Monetary Allowance: Rs. 500/- to p.m. attached when awarded for courageous acts with effect from 01.02.1999.

 

MENTION-IN-DESPATCHES

Instituted on 25 Nov 1950 for distinguished and meritorious service in operational areas and acts of gallantry which are not of a sufficiently high order to warrant the grant of gallantry awards.

Design of the Medal

Medal: A recipient of a Mention-in-Despatches shall be entitled to wear an emblem, which shall be a lotus leaf on the ribbon of the Campaign Medal, relating to the Campaign in which the mention was made.

Certificate: A certificate in the following form will be issued to each individual where name is mentioned in a despatch:-

"Under the orders of the President of the Republic of India the mention of ………..'s name a despatch by the Commander-in-Chief, Indian Army/Indian Navy/Indian Air Force, was published in the Gazette of India on………..

Personnel Eligible: All Army, Navy and Air Force personnel including personnel of the Reserve Force, Territorial Army, Militia and other lawfully constituted Armed Forces, members of the Nursing services and civilians working under or with the Armed forces will be eligible.

Conditions of Eligibility: Awarded for distinguished and meritorious service in operational areas and acts of gallantry which are not of a sufficiently high order to warrant the grant of gallantry awards. Names may be included posthumously. There is no objection to a person's name being mentioned in more than one despatch.

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