Distinguished Service Awards
Context: President conferred Distinguished Service Awards, including 52 Ati Vishisht Seva Medals, on 84 serving and retired personnel of the armed forces and the Indian Coast Guard. About the Awards:
- Uttam Yudh Seva Medal: Instituted in 1980 to recognize the distinguished service of an exceptional order during war/conflict/hostilities.
- Ati Vishisht Seva Medals (AVSMs): Instituted in 1960, it is awarded for distinguished service of an exceptional order.
- Bar To Ati Vishisht Seva Medal: If a recipient of the medal is subsequently awarded the medal again, every such further award shall be recognised by a Bar to be attached to the riband by which the medal is suspended.
- Param Vishisht Seva Medals (PVSMs): Instituted in 1960 to recognise the distinguished service of the most exceptional order.