Peacetime Gallantry Awards

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Peacetime Gallantry Awards

Ashoka Chakra

  • It is India’s highest peacetime military decoration awarded for valor, courageous action or self-sacrifice

away from the battlefield.

 

  • The award was formerly established on 4 January 1952 as the “Ashoka Chakra, Class I”.

  • The decoration can be awarded either to army or civilian personnel and may be awarded posthumously.
  • It is the peace time equivalent of the Param Vir Chakra.

 

Kirti Chakra

 

  • It is an Indian military decoration awarded for valour, courageous action or self-sacrifice away from the field of

battle. It may be awarded to civilians as well as army personnel, including posthumous awards.

  • It is second in order of precedence of peacetime gallantry awards and comes after Ashoka Chakra and before

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Shaurya Chakra.

 

  • The award was established as the “Ashoka Chakra, Class II” by the President of India on 4th January 1952 with

effect from 15 August 1947.

Shaurya Chakra

 

  • It is an Indian army decoration awarded for valour, courageous action or self-sacrifice while not engaged in

direct action with the enemy. It may be awarded to civilians as well as army personnel, sometimes subsequently.

  • It is the peacetime equivalent of the Vir Chakra.
  • It is third in order of precedence of peacetime gallantry

awards and comes after the Ashoka Chakra and the Kirti Chakra.

  • The award was established as the “Ashoka Chakra, Class III” by the President of India, 4th January 1952 with

effect from 15th August 1947. The statutes were revised and the decoration renamed on 27th January 1967.

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