Independence Day awards(August 15, 2001), Indian Airforce
Independence Day awards 2001

Colonel Krishan Kumar, leader of Army Mountaineering Expedition team to Mount Everest presenting the expedition flag and axe to Defence Minister Jaswant Singh in New Delhi on Friday, August 18, 2001.
(PTI Photo)

NEW DELHI, Aug 14, 2001: Captain Pankaj Dhyani of Dogra Regiment and Sipahi Akhilesh Mishra have been awarded the Kirti Chakra, which is the second highest peace-time gallantry award, for J-K counter-insurgency operations. Manoj Deshpande and Havildar Chuni Lal of JAKLI have been awarded Vir Chakras. They are among the 192 armed forces personnel who figure in the Independence Day honours list announced today.

Twelve Army officers and jawans and two civilians, including Capt Shekar Ghosh of the ASC, Lt Hemant Singh of the Guards, Commandant Paikal Narayanan Nair of Assam Rifles, were awarded the Shaurya Chakra posthumously for laying down their lives during anti-terrorist operations in J-K and the North-East.

There are 46 Shaurya Chakras, one Yudh Seva Medal, six Bar To Sena Medals, 119 Sena Medals, one Nao Sena Medal, nine Vayu Seva Medals, one Ati Vishisht Seva Medal, one Vishist Seva Medal and seven mentions in despatches.

Ten members of the recent successful Indian Army expedition to the 8,848-metre Mt Everest were also honoured. Team leader Col Krishan Kumar has been given the AVSM and Brig Rakesh Dhir the VSM.

Kirti Chakra
Capt. Pankaj Dhyani
Corporal Akhilesh Kumar Mishra.

Vir Chakra
Maj. Manoj M. Deshpande
Havildar Chuni Lal

Shaurya Chakra
(Mount Everest Expedition)

Lt. Col. Satish Chandra Sharma
Maj. Ajay Kothiyal
Capt. Saurabh Singh Shekhawat
Naib Sub Amar Prakash
Hav Til Bikram Budhathoki
Hav Jigmey Namgyal
Lance Hav Chanchal Singh
Lance Hav Mohinder Singh
Lance Naik Chhering Norbu Bodh
Lance Naik Neel Chand
Lance Naik Bhag Chain
Lance Naik Palden Giachho

Shaurya Chakra
Major Bhupender Singh
Major Gautam Segan
Captain Sanjiv Kumar
Captain Nanda Kumar
Captain Tapan Kumar Pant
Captain Manoj Kumar Patel
Capt Sekhar Ghosh
Lt Hemant Singh*
Commandant Paikal Narayanan Nair*
Subedar Nain Singh*
Havildar Parmanand Patel*
Havildar Bikram Bahadur Singh
Havildar Keshar Bahadur Chhetri
Naik Vayas Chander*
Naik Haidip Rai
Naik Amrit Malla*
Lance Naik Mohammed Iqbal
Sipahi Sahib Singh*
Sipahi Amrik Singh
Sepoy Parkash Chand
Rifleman Kaliyan Singh Tomar*
Rifleman Mohd Ajaz*
Grenadier Devender Bhati*
Flight Lt Sameer Riaz Kagdi*
Sergeant Mahender Singh
Corporal Suresh Chintalapati
Corporal Mohammed Javed
Corporal Sanjeev Kumar Arora
leading aircraftmen Amar kumar Bajpai
leading aircraftman Arvind Kumar
Missile Fitter Rajeev Bhardwaj
Supdt Ram Naresh
Giasuddin Sarkar*
Ganga Ram Bishnoi *

Yudh Seva Medal
Col. Konsam Himalay Singh

Ati Vishisht Seva medal
(Mount Everest Expedition)

Col. Krishan Kumar

Vishisht Seva medal
(Mount Everest Expedition)

Brig Rakesh Dhir

Sena Medal(Bar)
(for devotion to duty)

Lt. Col. Mandip Grewal
Maj. P.H. Reddy
Maj. Karan Singh
Capt. S. Tanwer
Capt. P.S. Banafar
Capt. S.B. Rathore

Sena Medal
Lt Col Mandip Grewal
Major Pingili Himavanth Reddy
Major Karan Singh
Major M. Gnana Sekaran
Major Kuljit Singh Dalvi
Major Sangram Narendra
Major Mehtab Singh
Major Harbinder Singh Sandhu
Major Nagendra Singh
Major Vinay Kumar Pundir
Major Dinesh Singh Bisht
Major Kulwant Kataria
Major Ajay kumar Rajak
Captain Sanjay Singh Tanwer
Captain Pradyumna Singh Banafar
Captain Suraj Bhanwar Rathore
Lt Rakesh Kumar
Lt Rajeev Kaushik
Lt Jagdish G. Nair
Lt Adarsh Pratap Singh
Lt Phata Bahadur Chhetri
Lt Malkiat Singh
Lt Karnail Singh
Lt Nathu Singh Ranawat
Lt Darwan Singh
Lt Santosh Kumar
Lt Phadtar Shankar Maruti
Lt Shyam Singh
Lt Sekar G.
Lt A. Arul Swamy
Lt Jaspal Singh
Lt Surinder Kumar
Naib Subedar Prem Singh
Naib Subedar Puran Chand Bhardwaj
Naib Subedar Malkiat Singh
Naib Subedar Talib Hussain
Havildar Charan Singh
Havildar Parhalad Singh Chauhan
Havildar Hoshiar Singh
Havildar Gurdev Singh*
Havildar Ranjit Singh
Havildar Balbir Singh
Havildar Harvinder Singh
Havildar Kamal Singh
Havildar Tara Bahadur
Havildar Joginder Singh
Lance Havildar Sat Pal
Lance Havildar Jagar Singh
Lance Havildar Mukhtiar Singh
Lance Havildar Gupta Bahadur Sahi
Lance Havildar Asal Kumar Limbu
Naik Charan Dass
Naik Manju
Naik Munsi Khan
Naik Baldev Singh
Naik Lalsiemkong Hmar
Naik Sachit Thapa
Naik Narinder Kumar
Naik Sukhbir Singh
Naik B. Navaneetha Krishnan
Naik Inderjeet Singh
Naik Hardeep Singh
Naik Naresh Dogra

Mention-in-despatches
(Operation Rakshak)

Naib Sub Sher Singh
Hav Bachan Singh
Lance Hav Kunwar Pal Singh

Mention-in-despatches
(Operation Rhino)

Sub Nishan Singh
Hav Mohinder Singh
Tech Asstt. Sukhwinder Singh

Mention-in-despatches
(Other operation)

Sep. Patil Purandar Shankar*