About the President’s Colour Award:
- The President’s Colour is one of the highest honour that can be awarded to any military unit, military training establishments, and state/UT Police Forces of India.
- It is bestowed upon in recognition of exceptional service rendered to the Nation, both in peace and in war.
- It is also known as “Rashtrapati ka Nishaan” in Hindi.
- Indian Navy was the first Indian Armed Force to be awarded the President’s Colour by Dr. Rajendra Prasad on 27 May 1951.
- A special flag, also known as ‘Nishaan,’ is given to a unit as part of the award.
- The flag consists of a golden border in the middle; it has insignia of a respective military unit, training establishments, and police forces in the center.
- The flag may also contain the motto, important achievements, and battle participation of those military units to which the award is bestowed.
- During any ceremonial parade, the President’s Colour is kept at a special position, and soldiers often march with the President’s Colour on important dates like on their establishment anniversary.
Q1) What are Gallantry awards?
Gallantry Awards have been instituted by the GoI to honour the acts of bravery and sacrifice of the officers/personnel of the Armed Forces, other lawfully constituted Forces and civilians. These gallantry awards are announced twice a year - first on the occasion of Republic Day and then on the occasion of Independence Day.