24×7 Information On Martyrs On Revamped Gallantry Awards Portal Launched On Monday
New Delhi: Defence Minister Rajnath Singh launched the revamped online portal for gallantry awards on Monday, on the eve of India’s 72nd Republic Day. He addressed the event virtually and said the youth of the country will play “a significant role in shaping the future of the nation.” His address was preceded by cultural performances from students of various Sainik Schools across the country, Hindustan Times (HT) reported.
“I am extremely happy to be launching the revamped version of the gallantry awards portal,” Singh said, adding that it was a solemn tribute from the nation to the bravehearts and their families. Singh also mentioned how the country had faced numerous challenges since Independence, including the various wars it has fought with its neighbouring countries. “All these front wars, proxy wars or counter-terror operations, our soldiers faced these challenges and have protected the country’s sovereignty,” he was quoted as saying.
Speaking on the new gallantry awards portal, the defence minister said it would give information, 24×7, on martyrs who have sacrificed their lives for India. The portal would instill patriotism among the youth of the nation. He also mentioned initiatives like the e-magazine ‘Shauryavan,’ launched alongside the portal, as well as the month-long “Gallantry Awards for India” quiz and the “Selfie with bravehearts.” The portal also has a section for “Tributes” and “Pledges.”
According to the portal, there have been 4,296 gallantry awardees till date. Of these, 21 have won the Param Vir Chakra, the country’s highest military decoration which is awarded for “most conspicuous bravery in the presence of the enemy.” And, 20 of them have been from the Indian Army and one from the Indian Air Force (IAF).