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Gallantry Awards 2020: President Honours Military Personnel With Vir Chakra & Other Gallantry Awards

President Shri Ram Nath Kovind, who is the Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces, conferred two Kirti Chakras, including one posthumous, one Vir Chakra, and 10 Shaurya Chakras, including two posthumous, to the personnel of Armed Forces and Paramilitary Forces during Defence Investiture Ceremony (Phase-1) at Rashtrapati Bhawan, New Delhi in the morning of November 22, 2021. The Gallantry awards were given to the personnel for displaying conspicuous gallantry, indomitable courage and extreme devotion to duty.

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The President also conferred 13 Param Vishisht Seva Medals, two Uttam Yudh Seva Medals and 24 Ati Vishisht Seva Medals for distinguished service of an exceptional order. Following is the list of awardees in order of presentation:

S No RANK AND NAME
KIRTI CHAKRA
1 16116742F SAPPER PRAKASH JADHAV, THE CORPS OF ENGINEERS, FIRST BATTALION THE RASHTRIYA RIFLES (POSTHUMOUS)
SHAURYA CHAKRA
1SS-44986N MAJOR VIBHUTI SHANKAR DHOUNDIYAL, THE CORPS OF ELECTRONICS AND MECHANICAL ENGINEERS, 55TH BATTALION THE RASHTRIYA RIFLES (POSTHUMOUS)
2JC-492138A NAIB SUBEDAR SOMBIR, THE JAT REGIMENT, 34TH BATTALION THE RASHTRIYA RIFLES (POSTHUMOUS)
PARAM VISHISHT SEVA MEDAL
1IC-40703K LIEUTENANT GENERAL HARPAL SINGH, AVSM, VSM, THE CORPS OF ENGINEERS
2VICE ADMIRAL ANIL KUMAR CHAWLA, AVSM, NM, VSM (02312-B)
3AIR MARSHAL RAJ KARAN SINGH SHERA, AVSM, VSM (16315), AERONAUTICAL ENGINEERING (ELECTRONICS) (RETIRED)
4AIR MARSHAL HARJIT SINGH ARORA, AVSM (16557) FLYING (PILOT) (RETIRED)
5IC-39070P LIEUTENANT GENERAL RANBIR SINGH, AVSM**, YSM, SM, THE INFANTRY (RETIRED)
6IC–39073H LIEUTENANT GENERAL SANJEEV KUMAR SHRIVASTAVA, AVSM, THE CORPS OF ENGINEERS (RETIRED)
7IC-39436F LIEUTENANT GENERAL SATINDER KUMAR SAINI, AVSM, YSM, VSM, THE INFANTRY (RETIRED)
8 IC-39465W LIEUTENANT GENERAL AMARJEET SINGH BEDI, UYSM, YSM, VSM, THE INFANTRY (RETIRED)
9 IC-39492A LIEUTENANT GENERAL ANIL CHAUHAN, UYSM, AVSM, SM, VSM, THE INFANTRY (RETIRED)
10 IC-39871W LIEUTENANT GENERAL SANTOSH KUMAR UPADHYA, AVSM, SM, VSM, THE INFANTRY (RETIRED)
11 IC-40293Y LIEUTENANT GENERAL ALOK SINGH KLER, VSM, THE ARMOURED CORPS (RETIRED)
12 IC-41960N MAJOR GENERAL ASHWANI KUMAR CHANNAN, SM, THE REGIMENT OF ARTILLERY (RETIRED)
13AIR MARSHAL KULDEEP SHARMA, AVSM, VSM (16541), AERONAUTICAL ENGINEERING (MECHANICAL) (RETIRED)
KIRTI CHAKRA
1SHRI HARSHPAL SINGH, DEPUTY COMMANDANT, CRPF
UTTAM YUDH SEVA MEDAL
1IC-40500A LIEUTENANT GENERAL YOGESH KUMAR JOSHI, AVSM, VRC, SM, THE INFANTRY
2IC-42389A LIEUTENANT GENERAL RAJU BAGGAVALLI SOMASHEKAR, AVSM, YSM, THE JAT REGIMENT, HEADQUARTER 15 CORPS
ATI VISHISHT SEVA MEDAL
1IC-42298W LIEUTENANT GENERAL UPENDRA DWIVEDI, THE INFANTRY
2AIR MARSHAL SHASHIKER CHOUDHARY, VSM, ADC (17645), AERONAUTICAL ENGINEERING (MECHANICAL
3IC-39872Y LIEUTENANT GENERAL ANIL KAPOOR, VSM, THE CORPS ELECTRONICS AND MECHANICAL ENGINEERS (RETIRED)
4IC-41456N LIEUTENANT GENERAL RAKESH KUMAR ANAND, SM, VSM, THE CORPS OF SIGNALS (RETIRED)
5IC-45009F LIEUTENANT GENERAL SUKHDEEP SANGWAN, SM**, THE INFANTRY (RETIRED)
6IC-42796H MAJOR GENERAL (Now LIEUTENANT GENERAL) KC PANCHNATHAN, THE ENGINEERS CORPS
7IC-43354W MAJOR GENERAL (Now LIEUTENANT GENERAL) JYOTINDER SINGH SANDHU, THE ARMOURED CORPS
8IC-42771W MAJOR GENERAL SANJAY SINGH, SM**, VSM, THE INFANTRY
9REAR ADMIRAL (Now VICE ADMIRAL) SREEKUMAR NAIR, NM (50986-A)
10REAR ADMIRAL (Now VICE ADMIRAL) SWAMINATHAN KRISHNA, VSM (03221-W)
11REAR ADMIRAL PHILIPOSE G PYNUMOOTIL, NM (02973-F)
12 REAR ADMIRAL SANJAY VATSAYAN, NM (03295-N)
13 AIR VICE MARSHAL (Now AIR MARSHAL) DILIP KUMAR PATNAIK, VM (17464) FLYING (PILOT)
14 AIR VICE MARSHAL (now AIR MARSHAL) GURCHARAN SINGH BEDI, VM, VSM (17448) FLYING (PILOT)
15 IC-39966W MAJOR GENERAL VIRINDER SINGH RANDHAWA, VSM, THE CORPS ELECTRONICS AND MECHANICAL ENGINEERS (RETIRED)
16 IC-40311W MAJOR GENERAL RAJESH CHOPRA, THE MECHANISED INFANTRY (RETIRED)
17 IC-40679Y MAJOR GENERAL AMIT KUMAR SANYAL, VSM, THE ARMOURED CORPS (RETIRED)
18 IC-40714W MAJOR GENERAL BASAVARAJ GURUSIDDAPPA GILGANCHI, THE CORPS OF SIGNALS (RETIRED)
19 IC-40720K MAJOR GENERAL SANDEEP SHARMA, VSM, THE INFANTRY (RETIRED)
20 IC-41463K MAJOR GENERAL PAWAN ANAND, THE CORPS OF ENGINEERS (RETIRED)
21 AIR MARSHAL RAJVIR SINGH, VSM (35801) MEDICAL (RETIRED)
22 AIR VICE MARSHAL MANOJ KUMAR DIXIT, VSM (17205) ADMINISTRATION (RETIRED)
23 GO-2116P ASHU SINGH RATHORE, CE(CIVIL)
24 GO-1568L ANIL KUMAR, ADDL DGBR (RETIRED)
VIR CHAKRA
1WING COMMANDER (Now GROUP CAPTAIN) VARTHAMAN ABHINANDAN (27981) FLYING (PILOT)
SHAURYA CHAKRA
1IC-64585A LIEUTENANT COLONEL (now COLONEL) AJAY SINGH KUSHWAH, SENA MEDAL, THE JAMMU AND KASHMIR RIFLES, 3RD BATTALION THE RASHTRIYA RIFLES
2IC-79501Y CAPTAIN (now MAJOR) MAHESHKUMAR BHURE, THE CORPS OF ENGINEERS, 34TH BATTALION THE RASHTRIYA RIFLES
3IC-77536W MAJOR KONJENGBAM BIJENDRA SINGH, THE ARMY AIR DEFENCE, 23RD BATTALION THE ASSAM RIFLES
49103747M NAIK NARESH KUMAR, THE JAMMU AND KASHMIR LIGHT INFANTRY, 42ND BATTALION THE RASHTRIYA RIFLES
5IC-64162M LIEUTENANT COLONEL JYOTI LAMA, 11TH BATTALION THE GORKHA RIFLES, 37TH BATTALION THE ASSAM RIFLES
6JC-414282H NAIB SUBEDAR NARENDER SINGH, 9TH BATTALION THE PARACHUTE REGIMENT (SPECIAL FORCES)
73003914X HAVILDAR ALOK KUMAR DUBEY, THE RAJPUT REGIMENT, 44TH BATTALION THE RASHTRIYA RIFLES
8AMIT SINGH RANA, LME, 231243-B

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