Gallantry Awards 2019 List PDF: Ahead of India’s 73rd Independence Day, Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman, an Indian Air Force (IAF) officer, is to be awarded the Vir Chakra. Post-independence, first three gallantry awards namely the Param Vir Chakra, the Maha Vir Chakra and the Vir Chakra were instituted by the Government of India on 26th January, 1950 which were deemed to have effect from the 15th August, 1947. Thereafter, other three gallantry awards i.e. the Ashoka Chakra Class-I, the Ashoka Chakra Class-II and the Ashoka Chakra Class-III were instituted by the Government of India on 4th January, 1952, which were deemed to have effect from the 15th August, 1947. These awards were renamed as the Ashoka Chakra, the Kirti Chakra and the Shaurya Chakra respectively in January, 1967. These gallantry awards are announced twice in a year – first on the occasion of the Republic Day and then on the occasion of the Independence Day. Order of precedence of these awards is the Param Vir Chakra, the Ashoka Chakra, the Mahavir Chakra, the Kirti Chakra, the Vir Chakra and the Shaurya Chakra.
Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman of Indian Air Force will be conferred with Vir Chakra on Independence Day. Abhinandan Varthaman had shot down F-16 jet of Pakistan Air Force. Vir Chakra is India’s third-highest wartime gallantry award, after the Param Vir Chakra and the Maha Vir Chakra.
President Ram Nath Kovind has approved 132 Awards to Armed Forces Personnel and members of Paramilitary Forces. The awards include two Kirti Chakras, one Vir Chakra, 14 Shaurya Chakras, eight Bar to Sena Medals (Gallantry), 90 Sena Medals (Gallantry), five Nao Sena Medals (Gallantry), seven Vayu Sena Medals (Gallantry) and five Yudh Seva Medals.
Central Reserve Police Force Deputy Commandant Harshpal Singh and Sapper Prakash Jadhav of Indian Army will be presented the Kirti Chakra.
President Ram Nath Kovind has also awarded one President’s Tatrakshak Medal (Distinguished Service), five Tatrakshak Medals (Gallantry) and two Tatrakshak Medal (Meritorious Service) to Indian Coast Guard personnel.
IAF Squadron Leader Minty Agarwal will also be honoured with Yudh Seva Medal for her role as a fighter controller during the 27 February aerial conflict between India and Pakistan.
The five Indian Air Force pilots, who bombed a Jaish-e-Mohammed terrorist training camp in Balakot on February 26 following the Pulwama terror attack, have been conferred the Vayu Sena Medal.
The five Indian Air Force pilots, Wing Commander Amit Ranjan, Squadron Leaders Rahul Basoya, Pankaj Bhujade, BKN Reddy and Shashank Singh are being awarded the Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry) for bombing Jaish-e-Mohammed terrorist camp in Pakistan’s Balakot.
Six (06) personnel of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) have been awarded with the Police Medals on the occasion of Independence Day-2019.
Shri Randeep Kumar Rana, Dy. Inspector General has been awarded with President’s Police Medal for Distinguished Service.
Shri Alok Kumar, Commandant, Shri Ravi Kant, Second-in-Command, Shri Bhawani Singh, Assistant Commandant, Inspector Raj Kumar, and Assistant Sub Inspector (GD) Narain Singh have been awarded with Police Medal for Meritorious Service in recognition to their selfless services to the nation.
With the above addition, medal tally in respect of Police Medal for Meritorious Services for NDRF goes to 62 and in respect of President’s Police Medal for Distinguished Services it is 09, during a brief stint of 13 years of NDRF since 2006.
A total of 946 police personnel have been awarded medals on the occasion of the Independence Day, 2019. President Police Medals for Gallantry (PPMG) have been awarded to 3 personnel, Police Medals for Gallantry (PMG) to 177 personnel, President’s Police Medals for Distinguished Service to 89 personnel and Police Medal for Meritorious Service to 677 personnel.
Among the majority of the 180 gallantry awards, 114 personnel are being awarded for their gallant action in Jammu & Kashmir, 62 personnel for their gallant action in left wing extremism affected areas and 4 personnel for their gallant action in north-east region.
Among the personnel receiving Gallantry Awards, 72 are from CRPF, 61 are from J&K police, 23 are from Odisha, 9 are from Chhattisgarh and the remaining from the other States/UTs and CAPFs.
19 ITBP officials have been announced to be conferred with Police Medals on the occasion of 73rd Independence Day, 2019, 05 of them would be conferred with Police Medal for Gallantry, 04 with President’s Police Medal for Distinguished Service while 10 would be conferred with Police Medal for Meritorious service.
(I) Police Medal for Gallantry (PMG):-
1. Sh. Rajesh Kumar, Dy. Commandant, 44th Battalion, ITBP
2. Sh. Jitender, Inspector (GD), 44th Battalion, ITBP
3. Sh. Sukhdev Donkari, Head Constable (GD), 44th Battalion,
4. Sh. Anil Negi, Constable (GD), 44th Battalion, ITBP
5. Sh. Mahesh Kumar, Constable (GD), 44th Battalion, ITBP
These 5 ITBP men of 44th Battalion ITBP have been awarded with Police Medal for Gallantry for displaying exemplary valour and extra ordinary courage in a naxal encounter that took place on 25 October, 2017 in the Jungles of Kamkasur and Kopankarka in Rajnandgaon in Chhattisgarh. After a night long encounter, 3 Naxal PLGA LOS Commanders/Area Committee members namely- Rakesh Dugga, Mahesh Potavi and Ranjeet Nureti carrying rewards of 5, 5 and 3 Lac were gunned down by Sh Rajesh Kumar, Dy Commandant, Inspector Jitendra, Head Constable Sukhdev Donkari, Constable Anil Negi, and Constable Mahesh Kumar of 44th Battalion ITBP.
(II) President’s Police Medal for Distinguished Service:-
1. Sh. Bhabatosh Sinha, DIG, Central Frontier, ITBP
2. Sh. Jaipal Yadav, DIG, SHQ (L&C)
3. Sh. Rabindra Pandey, DIG (Engineer), Northern Frontier, ITBP
4. Sh. Balraj Singh, SM, 49th Bn, ITBP
(III) Police Medal for Meritorious Service:-
1. Sh. Shashi Bhushan Sharma, DIG, NW Frontier, ITBP
2. Sh. Raj Kishor Sah, DIG, Signal Trg. School, ITBP
3. Sh. Mahesh Kalawat, Commandant (Engineer), FHQ, ITBP
4. Sh. Dhirendra Singh Negi, Second-in-Command, FHQ, ITBP
5. Sh. Ranjeet Kumar Singh, Dy. Commandant, 22nd Bn, ITBP
6. Smt. Bhanita Timungapi, Assistant Commandant, SHQ (Dibrugarh), ITBP
7. Sh. Rajendra Singh, Inspector, NE Frontier, ITBP
8. Sh. Ombir Singh, Inspector, CTC, ITBP
9. Sh. Babu Lal, Inspector, 31st Bn, ITBP
10. Sh. Sate Singh Bisht, ASI, ITBP Academy (Mussoorie)