President Pranab Mukherjee, on 26 January 2016, awarded India’s highest peacetime gallantry award Ashoka Chakra, posthumously to Lance Naik Mohan Nath Goswami of 9 Para (Special Forces) of the Rashtriya Rifles.
Why was he selected for Ashoka Chakra award?
• For making a supreme sacrifice in the highest traditions of the Indian Army.
• He exhibited the most outstanding gallantry in personally killing two terrorists and also assisted in neutralizing another two and saved the lives of three of his wounded colleagues in a fierce encounter with four terrorists at Kupwara district of Jammu and Kashmir.
What is Ashoka Chakra award?
• It was established as Ashoka Chakra, Class I by the President of India on 4 January 1952 which came into effect from 15 August 1947.
• It is the highest Indian peacetime gallantry award which was constituted on similar lines of the British Awards of the George Cross.
• It was constituted as Ashok Chakra Class I along with Ashok Chakra Class II and III. These awards were renamed as the Ashoka, Kirti and Shaurya Chakras in 1967.
• It is awarded for valor, courageous action or self sacrifice away from the battlefield.
• Each recipient of the award will get 2800 rupees per month.
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Who: Ashok Chakra
When: 26 January 2016