NEW DELHI On the eve of the 70th Republic Day, former President Pranab Mukherjee, social activist Nanaji Deshmukh and musician Dr. Bhupen Hazarika have been awarded the Bharat Ratna.
Mr. Deshmukh and Dr. Hazarika have been bestowed the nation’s highest civilian honour posthumously.
“The President has been pleased to award Bharat Ratna to Shri Nanaji Deshmukh (posthumously), Dr Bhupen Hazarika (posthumously) and Shri Pranab Mukherjee,” the Rashtrapati Bhavan said in a circular.
Bharat Ratna, the countrys highest civilian award instituted in 1954, is given in recognition of exceptional service, performance of the highest order in any field of human endeavour. Any person without distinction of race, occupation, position or sex is eligible for this award. The recommendations for Bharat Ratna are made by the Prime Minister to the President. The number of annual awards is restricted to a maximum of three in a particular
Meanwhile, an a rare gesture, the Chief of the Army Staff, General Bipin Rawat, has been awarded the Param Vishisht Seva Medal (PVSM) for distinguished service on the eve of the 70th Republic Day.
Lance Naik Nazir Ahmad Wani has been posthumously awarded Ashok Chakra, Indias highest peace time gallantry award. Kashmirs first Ashok Chakra winner was awarded the Sena Medal in 2007 and 2018. The award will be presented by President Ram Nath Kovind to his wife, Mahajabeen, at the Republic Day parade.
The President approved the award of 411 gallantry and distinguished service medals. These include one Ashoka Chakra, four Kirti Chakra, 11 Shaurya Chakra, 28 PVSMs, three Uttam Yudh Seva Medals, 51 Ati Vishisht Seva Medals, 10 Yudh Seva Medals, 122 Vishisht Seva Medals, 109 Sena Medals (gallantry), seven Nao Sena Medals (gallantry), two Vayu Sena Medals (gallantry), 40 Sena Medals (devotion to duty), nine Nao Sena Medals (devotion to duty) and 14 Vayu Sena Medals (devotion to duty).
The Kirti Chakras were awarded to Major Tushar Gauba and posthumously to Sowar Vijay Kumar, Constable Rajendra Kumar Nain and Constable Pradip Kumar Panda.
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