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42/365 – Param Vir Chakra

Award: Param Vir Chakra
Type: Medal
Eligibility: Military personnel only
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.

Statistics
Established: 26 January, 1950
First awarded: 3 November, 1947
Last awarded: 6 July, 1999
Total awarded: 21

The Param Vir Chakra (PVC) is India’s highest military decoration awarded for the highest degree of valour or self-sacrifice in the presence of the enemy. It can be, and often has been, awarded posthumously.

The PVC was established on 26 January 1950, by the President of India, with effect from 15 August 1947. It can be awarded to officers or enlisted personnel from all branches of the Indian military. It is the second highest award of the government of India after Bharat Ratna.

The Ashoka Chakra is the peace time equivalent of the Param Vir Chakra, and is awarded for the “most conspicuous bravery or some daring or pre-eminent valour or self-sacrifice” other than in the face of the enemy. The decoration may be awarded either to military or civilian personnel and may be awarded posthumously.

The award also carries a cash allowance for those under the rank of lieutenant and, in some cases, a cash award. On the death of the recipient, the pension is transferred to the widow until her death or remarriage.

Subedar Major Bana Singh of the Eighth Jammu and Kashmir Light Infantry was the only serving personnel of the Indian defence establishment with a Param Vir Chakra till the Kargil operations.

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Param_Vir_Chakra

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