Param Veer Chakra
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 Param Veer Chakra (PVC) is the highest gallantry award for officers and other enlisted personnel of all military branches of India for the highest degree of valour in the presence of the enemy. Introduced on 26th January 1950, this award may be given posthumously.

Literally, Param Vir Chakra means `Wheel (or Cross) of the Ultimate Brave`. In Sanskrit, `Param means Ultimate, `Vir (Pronounced veer) means Brave and `Chakra means Wheel.

 If any recipient of the PVC shall again perform such and act of bravery as would have made him or her eligible to be recorded by a Bar to be attached to the riband by which the Chakra is suspended, and for every such additional act of bravery, an additional Bar shall be added, and any such Bar or Bars may also be awarded posthumously. For every Bar awarded a replica of the `Indra`s Vajra` in miniature shall be added to the riband when worn alone.

The PVC is the equivalent award of the Medal of Honour in the United States, and the Victoria Cross in the United Kingdom.
One amongst the luminous recipients of this honour was Flying Officer Nirmal Jiit Singh Sekhon, who was awarded the Param Vir Chakra posthumously in the year 1971. He is the lone Indian Air Force officer to have been honoured with the Param Vir Chakra till date.


 Param Vir Chakra Awardees List :

    LIEUTENANT (ACTING CAPTAIN) Manoj Kumar Pandey, 1/11 GORKHA RIFLES (POSTHUMOUS) : 1999 : India
    RIFLEMAN Sanjay Kumar, 13 JAMMU AND KASHMIR RIFLES, (13760533)  : 1999 : India
    CAPTAIN Vikram Batra 13 JAMMU AND KASHMIR RIFLES, (IC-57556) (POSTHUMOUS) : 1999 : India
    GRENADIER Yoginder Singh Yadav, 18 GRENADIERS, (2690-572)  : 1999 : India
    NAIB SUBEDAR Bana Singh, 8 JAK LI, (JC-155825) : 1987 : India
    MAJOR Ramaswamy Parmeswaran, 8 MAHAR, (IC-32907) (POSTHUMOUS) : 1987 : India
    LANCE NAIK Albert Ekka, 14 GUARDS, (4239746) (POSTHUMOUS) : 1971 : India
    2nd LIEUTENANT Arun Khetrapal, POONA HORSE, (IC-25067) (POSTHUMOUS) : 1971 : India
    MAJOR Hoshiar Singh, 3 GRENADIERS, (IC-14608) : 1971 : India
    FLYING OFFICER Nirmal Jit Singh Sekhon, 18 SQUADRON, 10877 F(P) (POSTHUMOUS) : 1971 : India
    LIEUTENANT COLONEL A.B. Tarapore, POONA HORSE (17 HORSE), (IC-5565) (POSTHUMOUS) : 1965 : India
    MAJOR Dhan Singh Thapa, 1/8 GORKHA RIFLES, (IC-7990) : 1962 : India
    SUBEDAR Joginder Singh, 1 SIKH, (JC-1547) (POSTHUMOUS) : 1962 : India
    MAJOR Shaitan Singh, 13 KUMAON, (IC-7990) (POSTHUMOUS) : 1962 : India
    CAPTAIN Gurbachan Singh Salaria, 3/1 GORKHA RIFLES, (IC-8947) (POSTHUMOUS) : 1961 : India
    NAIK Jadunath Singh, 1 RAJPUT, (27373) : 1948 : India
    LANCE NAIK Karam Singh, 1 SIKH, (22356) : 1948 : India
    COMPANY HAVILDAR MAJOR Piru Singh 6th BATTALION, RAJPUTANA RIFLES, (2831592) : 1948 : India
    2nd LIEUTENANT Rama Raghoba Rane, BOMBAY ENGINEER, (SS-14246) : 1948 : India
    MAJOR Somnath Sharma, 4 KUMAON, IC-521 : 1947 : India