President Pranab Mukherjee presents gallantry awards

Posted on:09 May 2016 12:46:07
President Pranab Mukherjee presents gallantry awards
09 May 2016 Current Affairs: President Pranab Mukherjee has conferred gallantry awards and other distinguished service medals during a defence investiture ceremony at the Rashtrapati Bhavan. This was a second defence investiture ceremony. The ceremony saw the introduction of a new tradition to honour soldiers who sacrificed their lives in the line of duty as the government has decided that as a mark of respect, the parents of the posthumous award winner can accompany the next of kin to the investiture ceremony.

  1. Thirteen officers of the armed forces received the Param Vishist Seva Medal

  2. Four received the Kirti Chakra

  3. Two were awarded the Uttam Yuddh Seva Medal. 

  4. Two officers received the Bar to the Ati Vishist Seva Medal

  5. Seven received Shaurya Chakras

  6. 25 received the Ati Vishist Seva Medal and seven received Shaurya Chakras.


Among the dignitaries present on the occasion were Vice President Mohammad Hamid Ansari, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar.

Indian military decorations : The Armed Forces of India are eligible for a myriad of military decorations. Decorations are awarded for extraordinary bravery and courage, as well as distinguished service during times of war and peace. Service and campaign medals have been awarded throughout the history of India as an independent state.

Wartime Awards          Aeacetime awards

 Param Vir Chakra           Ashoka Chakra

 Maha Vir Chakra             Kirti Chakra

 Vir Chakra                    Shaurya Chakra

Distinguished Service and Gallantry

 Sena Medal (Army) Nao Sena Medal (Navy) Vayusena Medal (Air Force)

 Sarvottam Yudh Seva Medal

 Uttam Yudh Seva Medal

 Yudh Seva Medal

 Param Vishisht Seva Medal

 Ati Vishisht Seva Medal

 Vishisht Seva Medal

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