The Union Home Ministry has instituted five Police Medals to promote professionalism and excellence in service and give recognition to the security personnel doing good work in stressful environment and in difficult areas.
The five non-cash awards will supplement and strengthen the existing award schemes in the State Police Forces, Central Police Organisations and the Armed Forces.
Following are the five new medals:
1. Union Home Minister's Special Operation Medal: The medal along with a scroll signed by the Union Home Minister will be awarded to police or security personnel of the Central/State forces for participation in the successful conduct of operations of a significant nature or scale, having direct bearing or impact on the security of the State/UT, region or country, or for participation in major rescue operations.
2. Police Antarik Suraksha Seva Padak: The medal will be awarded to each police or security personnel of the Central or State forces for every two years of duty in Jammu & Kashmir, North-East and Left-Wing Extremism affected districts of the country, to recognize the importance of Internal Security duties in such areas.
Currently, the medal is awarded only once irrespective of the number of tenures served in these areas.
3. Asadharan Aasuchana Kushalata Padak: The medal along with a scroll signed by the Union Home Minister will be awarded to the members of the Central or State intelligence organisations, branches or units engaged in intelligence gathering for the purpose of combating terrorism, militancy, insurgency and for acts of exceptional courage and skill in intelligence gathering.
4. Utkrisht and Ati Utkrisht Seva Medal: The medal will be awarded to police, security personnel and support staff such as Home Guards working in State Police Forces, Central Armed Police Forces, Central Police Organisations, Assam Rifles, National Security Guards, National Disaster Response Force, Home Guards and intelligence organisations.
The award will recognise the immaculate and dedicated service along with professional excellence, in the past 15 years (Utkrisht Medal) and 25 years (Ati Utkrisht Medal).
The number of Utkrisht and Ati Utkrisht Seva Medals in any year shall, in no case exceed 1 per cent and 0.5 per cent respectively of the sanctioned strength of the police force or security agency.
5. Union Home Minister's Medal for Excellence in Investigation: The medal along with a scroll signed by the Union Home Minister will be awarded to officers in Central investigation agencies, State/UT police force investigating agencies in recognition of their outstanding service in investigation.
All the five medals will be minted and supplied by the Union Home Ministry and will be awarded each year by the Central or State police force/organisations on a fixed day.
A selection committee in every State/Central police force/organization would be identifying the awardees every year.
In case of the Special Operation Medal, Asadharan Aasuchana Medal and Investigation Medal, the names will be finalised by the Ministry of Home Affairs based on recommendations made by States/UTs and Central police organisations.
Around 30 lakh police and security personnel are deployed by the State Governments, UT Administrations and the Central Government throughout the country, in a wide range of duties, which include maintaining peace and public order, investigating crime, regulating traffic, securing vital installations and serving in disturbed areas and at remote locations along the border.
The personnel often serve in extremely difficult and challenging conditions.
The centre along with the state governments has been taking various steps to improve the efficiency and service delivery of police and security personnel through modernisation, training, capacity building, better service conditions such as housing and welfare measures.
Through the awards scheme, the Union Government aims to recognise good work, boost morale and inspire the Security personnel.
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