President Ram Nath Kovind on Saturday approved awards of 409 Gallantry and other Defence decorations to Armed Forces personnel and others on the eve of 71st Republic Day celebrations. A total of 19 top Indian Army commanders were awarded the Param Vishisht Seva Medal (PVSM). The Army Commanders who were awarded the Param Vashishth Seva Medal include – Northern Army Commander Lt Gen Ranbir Singh and Vice Chief of Army Staff (VCOAS) Lt Gen Satinder Kumar Saini.
Out of the 19 Officers who were awarded the PVSM, three were Major General-ranked officers. Besides, Indian Army commnders, six Indian Air Force and ther Indian NAvy officers were also awarded the PVSM. The government of India awarded Uttam Yiudh Seva Medal (UYSM) to four Indian Army Officers including Kargil war Hero Lt Gen Yogesh Kumar Joshi and Commander of Chinar Corps Lt Gen Kanwaljeet SIngh Dhillon. The other two officers who were conferred with the UYSM were Lt Gen Paramjit SIngh Sangha and Rajiv Sirohi. General Bipin Rawat Conferred With Param Vishisht Seva Medal in Recognition of Peace-Time Services.
Besides PVSM and UYSV, other awards approved by the President include – 53 Ati Vishisht Seva Medals, 10 Yudh Seva Medals, 123 Vishisht Seva Medals, four Bar to Sena Medals (Gallantry), 107 Sena Medals (Gallantry), five Nao Sena Medals (Gallantry), fourVayu Sena Medals (Gallantry), four Bar to Sena Medals (Devotion to Duty), 36 Sena Medals (Devotion to Duty), eight Nao Sena Medals (Devotion to Duty), one Bar to Vayu Sena Medal (Devotion to Duty) and 13 Vayu Sena Medals (Devotion to Duty).
Two IAF helicopter pilots – Squadron Leaders Ninad Anil Mandavgane and Siddharth Vashisht- who were killed by friendly fire in Jammu and Kashmir, the day when the Pakistan Air Force fighter jest violated the Indian air space were also awarded Vayu Sena Medal poshumously.
This year, Shaurya Chakra was awarded to six Indian Army personnel for showing bravery against all odds. Shaurya Chakra, the third highest gallantry award during peace time, was awarded to Lieutenant Colonel Jyoti Lama, Major KB Singh, Naib Subedar Narender Singh, Naib Subedar Sombir, Naik Naresh Kumar and Sepoy Karmdeo Oraon. Three policemen – Challapilla Narasimha Rao, Kamal Kishore and Aman Kumar were also awarded Shaurya Chakra (posthumously).
Ahead of the Republic Day 2020, the government of India on Saturday released a list of gallantry awards. This year, Shaurya Chakra was awarded to six Indian Army personnel for showing bravery against all odds. Shaurya Chakra, the third highest gallantry award during peace time, was awarded to Lieutenant Colonel Jyoti Lama, Major KB Singh, Naib Subedar Narender Singh, Naib Subedar Sombir, Naik Naresh Kumar and Sepoy Karmdeo Oraon. Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman to Get Vir Chakra, 5 IAF Pilots to be Conferred Vayu Seva Medal For Carrying Out Balakot Airstrikes; Yudh Seva Medal For Sqn Ldr Minty Agarwal.
Lt Col Jyoti Lama was awarded the third highest gallantry award for killing two terrorists in an operation in Manipur in July last year. Lt Col Lama also captured fourteen hardcore terrorists in his area of operation. Major Konjengbam Bijendra Singh of Army Air defence deployed with Assam Rifles killed two terrorits in Manipur last year.
Indian Army’s Tweet:
Naib Subedar Sombir of Jat Regiment was awarded Shaurya Chakra posthumously for killing foreign terrorist in operation in Jammu & Kashmir. Naib Subedhar Narender Singh of Parachute Regiment of the Special Forces, was awarded the Shaurya Chakra for engaging and eliminating two armed intruders along the Line of Control. President Ram Nath Kovind Approves 132 Gallantry Award For Armed Forces Personnel and Members of Paramilitary Forces, Check Full List.
Indian Army’s Tweet:
Naik Suresh Kumar of the Jammu and Kashmir Light Infantry gunned down “A++ terrorist” last year. Sepoy Karmdeo Oraon, was awarded Shaurya Chakra for an operation on Line of Control where he was hit by bullet on his bulletproof patka. Even after being hit by the bullet, he lobbed nine grenades and killed two terrorists while thwarting the attack by four terrorists.
Three policemen – Challapilla Narasimha Rao, Kamal Kishore and Aman Kumar were also awarded Shaurya Chakra (posthumously). President Ram Nath Kovind Approved 409 gallantry and defence decorations on Saturday. These includes nine Shaurya Chakras, 28 Param Vishisht Seva Medals, four Uttam Yudh Seva Medals, 53 Ati Vishisht Seva Medals, 10 Yudh Seva Medals, 123 Vishisht Seva Medals.
Kargil War hero Lieutenant General Yogesh Kumar Joshi on Thursday was appointed as the new Northern Army Commander. Lt Gen Joshi will succeed Lt Gen Ranbir Singh, who is superannuating on January 31. Lt Gen Joshi is currently serving as the Chief of Staff of the Northern Command and will take charge as the Northern Army Commander on February 1. Vishal Batra, Brother of Captain Vikram Batra, Climbs 16,000-Foot-High Peak on 29th Death Anniversary of Kargil War Hero.
The Kargil War hero also served as commander of Leh based Fire and Fury Corps till October 2019. He also commanded a Brigade and a Division in Leh and served as Director General, Infantry. Kargil Vijay Diwas 20th Anniversary Celebrations: 13 JAK RIF Organises Motorcycle Expedition From Uttarakhand’s Mana Village to Kargil.
During the Kargil war, Lt Gen Joshi, who was then Lt Col, led the 13th Battalion of the J&K Rifles to launch four successful attacks on the enemy during the Operation Vijay in 1999. For his gallant effort during the Kargil War, Lt Gen Joshi was awarded Vir Chakra.
Joshi hails from Faridabad, Haryana. He was an alumnus of the National Defence Academy and the Indian Military Academy. Lt Gen Joshi was commissioned into the 13 Jammu and Kashmir Rifles.
Meanwhile, Lt Gen CP Mohanty has been appointed as the commander of the Southern Command. He will succeed Lt Gen SK Saini who will take charge as the Vice Chief of Army Staff (VCOAS) on Saturday.