How do we Reward the Men in Uniform? A look at the rewards extended to Gallantry Award Winners

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The Men in Uniform spend a major part of their life in serving the country. The government presents various Gallantry Awards  to the men in uniform. For each of these awards, cash reward  and various other benefits are extended. The state governments also extend cash awards to the Gallantry awardees. Gujarat stands at the bottom of the list in terms of cash given to these awardees.

The Men in Uniform guard our borders and spend a major part of their life serving the country. They risk their lives in a bid to save the nation. The least we could do is to understand what the Government does for them. In the context of the Independence Day, we felt it is important to know about the rewards extended to the Gallantry Award winners like the Param Vir Chakra etc. The information is sourced from the website of the Indian Army.

Different Gallantry Awards
Apart from the Civilian honours conferred by the Government, two other categories of awards are given to the men in uniform.

  • Gallantry awards.
  • Non-gallantry awards.

The gallantry awards are presented in two different categories

  • Those for gallantry in the face of the enemy.
  • Those for gallantry other than in the face of the enemy.

The first category of the gallantry awards comprise the following

  • Param Vir Chakra (PVC)
  • Maha Vir Chakra (MVC)
  • Vir Chakra (VrC)
  • Sena, Nao Sena and Vayu Sena Medal (SM)
  • Mention in Dispatches
  • Chiefs of Staff Commendation Card

The second category of the gallantry awards comprise the following

  • Ashoka Chakra (AC)
  • Kirti Chakra (KC)
  • Shaurya Chakra (SC)

Award Details
The Central Government extends a cash award for each of these awards apart from various concessions extended by different central government departments. The cash award is in the form of a monthly pension as listed below for each of the different Gallantry awards.Gallantry Awards Indian Armed Forces - Post Independence

Various central government departments also extend concessions/incentives to the gallantry award winners as listed below.

DepartmentAward/Concession/IncentiveApplicable to
Ministry of RailwaysFirst Class/AC 2 tier Complimentary Pass to Awardee along with a CompanionPVC,MVC,VrC,AC,KC,SC
Indian Airlines75% Concession on Economy FarePVC,AC,MVC,KC
MTNLNo Rental, No Installation Charges, No Registration ChargesPVC,MVC,VrC,AC,KC,SC
Ministry of FinanceAward Amount & Pension Amount exempted from Income TaxPVC,MVC,VrC,AC,KC,SC, SM
Ministry of Road TransportExempted from paying Toll TaxPVC,MVC,VrC,AC,KC,SC

 

Cash Award by Various State Governments
Various State Governments also extend cash and other incentives to the award winners from their states. State Governments extend the award in three forms

  • Cash
  • Cash in lieu of Land (CIL)
  • Annuity

Different cash amounts are given by different states. For instance, the cash award for Param Vir Chakra (PVC) ranges from the highest of Rs 2.25 crore given by the Government of Telangana to the lowest of Rs 22,500 given by Governments of Gujarat, Karnataka, Odisha etc. Meghalaya does not extend any of above three forms of award to any winner.

AwardCash AmountStates
 

Gallantry Awards Indian Armed Forces - Post Independence Param Vir Chakra

 Param Vir Chakra

 2.25 croreTelangana
31 LakhHaryana
 30 LakhPunjab
 25 LakhAssam, Chandigarh,Chhattisgarh, Delhi, Goa, Himachal Pradesh,Kerala, Maharashtra,Uttar Pradesh, Uttaranchal
 20 LakhRajasthan, Madhya Pradesh
 15 LakhTamil Nadu, Mizoram
 10 LakhJharkhand, Andhra Pradesh, Bihar
 22500Gujarat, Jammu & Kashmir, Karnataka,Odisha, Sikkim,West Bengal
 

Gallantry Awards Indian Armed Forces - Ashok Chakra

Ashok Chakra

2.25 croreTelangana
 31 LakhHaryana
 30 LakhPunjab
 25 LakhAssam, Chandigarh,Chhattisgarh, Delhi, Goa, Himachal Pradesh,Kerala, Maharashtra,Uttar Pradesh, Uttaranchal
 20 LakhMadhya Pradesh
 18 LakhRajasthan
 15 LakhMizoram
 12 LakhTamil Nadu
 10 LakhAndhra Pradesh,
 20000Gujarat, Jammu & Kashmir, Karnataka,Odisha, Sikkim,West Bengal

 

The cash amounts for Param Vir Chakra (PVC) & Ashoka Chakra (AC) are given above. Similarly, recipients of different awards are extended different amounts of cash by the state governments. For instance, the details of cash amount extended by the Government of Telangana is given below.

Only few states extend CIL & Annuity. Majority of the States only extend a cash amount. It is surprising to note that, Narendra Modi’s own state of Gujarat, where he was the Chief Minister for more than 10 years, is at the bottom, when it comes to the cash amount extended to the Gallantry awardees.

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