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Punjab increases gallantry award allowance by 80%

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Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 14

The Punjab Government today increased the monthly allowance of gallantry, distinguished service awardees, their widows, widows of posthumous awardees and the next of kin by 80 per cent.

A spokesperson of the Defence Services Welfare Department said out of 2,044 winners of gallantry and distinguished awards, the allowance for Param Vir Chakra winners has been increased from the existing Rs 23,100 to Rs 41,580. The Ashok Chakra awardees would now get Rs 33,264 in place of earlier Rs 18,480, while the Maha Vir Chakra awardees would now be entitled to Rs 31,601 instead of Rs 17,556. The Kirti Chakra winners would now get Rs 24,948 instead of Rs 13,860 earlier, while the Vir Chakra awardees would now get Rs 18,295 instead of Rs 10,164.

The allowance for Shaurya Chakra winners has been hiked from Rs 6,480 to Rs 11,664. The Sena/Nao Sena/Vayu Sena Medal (Gallantry) awardees would now get Rs 5,580 instead of Rs 3,100 earlier.

The Mentioned in Dispatches (Gallantry) awardees would receive Rs 2,790 instead of Rs 1,550. Widows of Military Cross awardees would get Rs 20,790 instead of Rs 11,550 earlier. The beneficiaries of Military Medal awardees would be given Rs 9,720 in place of Rs 5,400 earlier.

The Indian Distinguished Service Medal awardees would get Rs 2,790 against Rs 1,500 earlier. The Sarvottam Yudh Seva Medal awardees would henceforth receive Rs 1,386 instead of Rs 770.

Rs 1,260 would be given to the winners of the Param Vishishta Seva Medal against Rs 700. Thosee awarded with the Uttam Yudh Seva Medal would receive Rs 1,116 instead of Rs 620.

Ati Vishisht Seva Medal awardees would get Rs 972 instead of Rs 540. Yudh Seva Medal winners would be given Rs 846 against Rs 470, while Sena/Nao Sena/Vayu Sena Medal (Distinguished) awardees would get Rs 720 against Rs 400 earlier. Vishisht Seva Medal awardees would receive Rs 720 instead of Rs 400.

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