General Manoj Pande, Chief of the Army, Receives the Param Vishisht Seva Medal by President.
President Ram Nath Kovind awarded Army Chief Gen Manoj Pande the Param Vishisht Seva Medal for exemplary service of extraordinary order at a Defence investiture event conducted at the Rashtrapati Bhawan on 10 May 2022.
President Ram Nath Kovind, the supreme commander of the armed forces, bestowed 13 Shaurya Chakras on Service members, including six posthumously, according to a Defence Ministry release. “The Gallantry medals were granted to servicemen for exhibiting remarkable gallantry, indomitable courage, and extraordinary commitment to duty,” according to the statement.
The President also awarded 14 Param Vishisht Seva Medals, four Uttam Yudh Seva Medals, and 24 Ati Vishisht Seva Medals for meritorious service.
The President authorised the awards of gallantry and other defence medals in January, on the eve of the 73rd Republic Day festivities.
On April 30, General Pande became the 29th Chief of the Army Staff. Before that, he was the Vice Chief of Army Staff beginning in February 2001 and the Eastern Army Commander prior to that.
The Param Vishisht Seva Medal, established in 1960, is awarded to all posts in the Indian Armed Forces in recognition of extraordinary peace-time service. General Manoj Pandey is the Army’s first engineer to serve as Chief of Staff. This position has hitherto only been held by officers from the Infantry, Armored, and Artillery services. In December 1982, General Manoj Pandey was commissioned into the Corps of Engineers.