Vishist Seva Medal Awardee List


A total of 1451 Awards are listed.
Vishist Seva Medal : 1451 |
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Wg Cdr Rampati Kondaiah 6813 AE(M)Unit : 4 Wing  Award Date 26 Jan 83 Announced 26 Jan 83
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Wing Commander Kondaiah Rampati was commissioned in the Indian Air Force in Nov 62. An engineering officer of a proven capability he has undergone Defence Service Staff College course at Wellington. For three years he served with distinction as Senior Technical Instructor at Air Force Technical College. Since Dec 79, he is posted as Chief Engineering Officer at a major transport base.

During his tenure as CEO, he maintained the serviceability of the aircraft at his base at an average of 62% in 1980 and 52% in 1981 as against the target of 50%. On 29 Dec 80, one of the Squadron flew all 16 of their aircraft while the other Squadron had 15 out of 16 aircraft in serviceable condition. The CEO had to consistently guide his officers and staff in achieving this feat. He studied the problem of aero engines having large failure of cylinders. With great determination and zeal he introduced series of checks and servicing for timely detection of weak areas in the engine. As a result of this a large number of cylinder failures were detected on ground which otherwise would have created serious emergencies in the air. The Wing earned the distinction of nil accident rate during the year 1981. He inspired all his officers and men a sense of participation in achieving this herculean task. During the IAF Golden Jubilee Celebrations, in Feb 82 he organised the Air Static Display which was a grand success. For the initiative, dedication to duty in the discharge of his duties, the President is pleased to award V1SH- ISHT SEVA MEDAL to Wing Commander Kondaiah Rampati.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 1983 Number: 

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Wg Cdr Surinder Mohan Bhatia 7066 AE(M)Unit : Air Head Quarters  Award Date 26 Jan 83 Announced 26 Jan 83
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Wing Commander Surinder Mohan Bhatia was commissioned in the Indian Air Force on 31 January, 1463. While serving as Engineer Officer of a Transonic Fighter Squadron he was commended twice by the Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Western Air Command for his outstanding work in the Squadron. During the 1971 Operations, he was commended by Chief of the Air Staff for distinguished service. Subsequently, he was posted as the Squadron Technical Officer of a Supersonic Fighter Squadron, where he earned commendation by the Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief Eastern Air Command for the high standard of aircraft maintenance.

Later, the officer was selected for a postgraduate course in Aircraft Propulsion at IIT, Bombay, from 1976 to 1978. He passed out with distinction and stood first in the course. After post-graduation, he was posted to a Base Repair Depot, where he was commended by Chief of the Air Staff for achieving an ambitious target of aircraft overhaul.

After the successful completion of his training abroad he was posted to Air Headquarters in 1980 and was entrusted with the maintenance planning connected with the induction of the latest type of aircraft and weapons system. The officer toiled ceaselessly with a determined bid to ensure smooth induction of the latest type of strike aircraft in the Indian Air Force. In the shortest possible period, a few Squadrons have become fully, Operational.

For his exceptional professional ability, effectiveness in management of resources and devotion to duty of a very high order, the President is pleased to award VISHISHT SEVA MEDAL to Wing Commander Surinder Mohan Bhatia.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 1983 Number: 

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Wg Cdr Satish Govind Inamdar 7189 F(P)Unit : No.7 Squadron  Award Date 26 Jan 83 Announced 26 Jan 83
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Wing Commander Satish Govind Inamdar was commissioned in the IAF in Mar 63 and since then has been in flying continuously except for a short stint at Air HQs as Deputy Director Air Staff Requirements. A Pilot Attack Instructor and a Test Pilot he has undergone Defence Services Staff College Course at Wellington. At present he is posted as Officer Commanding of one of the front line fighter Squadrons.

The Squadron has made spectacular progress under his dynamic and foresighted leadership. The aircraft serviceability was brought up to 76.5% from low figure of 54.1%. The Operational status was as low as 38.8% was brought up to commendable 64.7%.

His attention to welfare of the personnel of his Squadron as well as the mess staff has been remarkable. His is the only Squadron from where no Redress of Grievances or requests for Air Officer Commanding's interview have been received. The Squadron would also perhaps the only one which presents parting momentoes to every airman and NC (E) that is posted out. His idea of presenting woolen jerseys to mess staff as Diwali gift was original and utility oriented. He even organized a donation of the major cost of the item from M/S Modella through his own initiative and efforts.

On the basis of his overall performance, it could be said that Wg Cdr SG Inamdar has succeeded in shaping his Squadron into a well organized operational unit. He has been an example of effective leadership in air and on ground. At the same time, he has handled his secondary duty exceedingly well.

For his overall performance, the President is pleased to award VISHISHT SEVA MEDAL to Wing Commander Satish Govind Inamdar.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 1983 Number: 

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Wg Cdr Dilip Kamalakar Parulkar 7227 F(P)Unit : National Defence Academy  Award Date 26 Jan 83 Announced 26 Jan 83
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Wing Commander Dilip Kamalkar Parulkar was commissioned in the Indian Air Force in March 1963. Ever since, he has held various appointments like the Flying Instructor at Air Force Academy and has been on deputation to Singapore for two years. Presently, he is serving a ground tenure as Battalion Commander at National Defence Academy.

During Indo-Pak conflict in 1965, his aircraft was hit by enemy fire and had injured his right shoulder. Despite the advise from his leader to eject he flew the crippled aircraft back to base, for which he was awarded Vayu Sena Medal

During 1971 Indo-Pak War, Wg Cdr DK Parulkar while a Prisoner of War in Pakistan displayed initiative, pride in his nation and in the Indian Air Force of an exceptional degree. He was the leader of an escape attempt in which he along with two colleagues escaped from the POW Camp. This attempt carried out in the face of a hostile, treacherous and unpredictable enemy required relentless hard work, determination and valour which was in the highest tradition of the IAF. This act compelled the enemy to respect the calibre of the IAF not only in the air but on the ground also, as well as our great nation.

For dedicated and distinguished service of a very high order the President is pleased to award VISHISHT SENA MEDAL to Wing Commander Dilip Kamalkar Parulkar.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 1983 Number: 

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Wg Cdr Sharanjit Singh 7356 AE(L)Unit : EE&IU  Award Date 26 Jan 83 Announced 26 Jan 83
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Wing Commander Sharanjit Singh was commissioned in the IAF in 1964 and had held a number of important appointments. While serving as Senior Technical Officer of a fighter squadron, with his professional competence he maintained a very high serviceability of Aircraft and accident free record for which he was awarded commendation by Chief of the Air Staff. During 1973-77 while commanding a signals unit Wg Cdr Sharanjit Singh by his tireless efforts and optimum utilisation of men and material brought his unit to a very high standard to win "Best Radar Unit Trophy".

Wg Cdr Sharanjit Singh took over the Command of present unit with a number of handicaps, mainly, acute shortage of technicians, inadequate accommodation and high magnitude of pending tasks at Flying Stations. With his enthusiasm, drive and leadership qualities, he motivated his limited men and commissioned two Ground Control Approach stations in record time and brought the third station in final stages. The unit under his leadership is ahead of the task in installation of Direction Finding Navigation aids. He has established a sense of oneness among his men and officers hence none desires to leave the unit though it is a hard living unit.

For his outstanding drive, initiative, dedication to duty and professional competence the President is pleased to award VISHISHT SEVA MEDAL to Wing Commander Sharanjit Singh.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 1983 Number: 

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Wg Cdr Sundara Krishna Suresh Sitaram 7910 AE(L)Unit : Air Head Quarters  Award Date 26 Jan 83 Announced 26 Jan 83
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Wing Commander Sundara Krishna Suresh Sitaram was commissioned in the IAF in October, 1968. He has so far served with distinction in Air Force Signal Centre, a Fighter Squadron, Base Repair Depot and Directorate of Air Staff Requirement, Air Headquarters where he was commended by Chief of the Air Staff in 1978, for his pioneering work in the satellite communication area.

A graduate of Communication and Electronics Staff Course, USA and Defence Service Staff College, Wellington, he was posted to Directorate of Signals where he successfully carried out the trials of establishing an air-to-ground telephone.

Wg Cdr SKS Sitaram in February, 1982 was given the responsibility of organising the nation-wide live telecast of Fire Power Demonstration held at Tilpat Range. In order to successfully organise the telecast within the short time that was available, Wg Cdr SKS Sitaram had to personally coordinate with Indian Space Research Organisation, Door Darshan, Department of P & T and HQ Western Air Command. Under the guidance of Director of Signals (Air), Wg Cdr SKS Sitaram succeeded in positioning the Transportable Remote Area Communication Terminal of ISRO, Outdoor Broadcasting Van of Door Darshan at Tilpat on time and in aligning the P & T microwave circuits for telecasting of event throughout the country in real time. By his untiring effort, initiative and derive Wg Cdr SKS Sitaram successfully organised the nation-wide live telecast of Fire Power Demonstration. This was the first time an event of this kind was live telecast throughout the nation using a satellite.

For having displayed a high degree of professional competence, dedication and result oriented approach to the task assigned to him, the President is pleased to award VISHISHT SEVA MEDAL to Wing Commander Sundara Krishan Suresh Sitaram.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 1983 Number: 

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Wg Cdr Virendra Pradhan 8173 F(P)Unit : South Western Air Command  Award Date 26 Jan 83 Announced 26 Jan 83
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Wing Commander Virendra Pradhan was commissioned in Dec 63. Since then, he has held various important assignments with distinction. While on the posted strength of a transport Squadron, he carried out operational flying for four years in Naga Hills, NEFA and in the action against hostilities in Mizoram in 1966. He completed his bomber conversion in 1967 and during 1971 operations, he successfully carried out a number of bombing interdiction sorties in the Eastern and Western sectors. In 1972 he was posted to form the Maritime Strike Force wherein he completed 1000 operational hours on Canberras and gained his "Master Green" rating. Thereafter, he successfully completed the Judge Advocates Course. He is the first and the only "Pilot" to achieve this distinction.

Wg Cdr Pradhan is a highly motivated and extremely hard-working officer, who can be entrusted with any intricate task and can be depended upon to produce results in an unbelievably short time. On being posted as Command Judge Advocate at HQ South Western Air Command in Sep 79, he took prompt action to ensure that all the disciplinary cases in the years 1979 and 80 were finalised during the same years.

Endowed with indomitable energy and with a sense of total commitment to his duties, he analysed the offence pattern in the Command and rendered timely legal advice to Commanders in the field which resulted in bringing down the offence rate considerably.

For displaying high qualities of leadership, organising ability and professional compe tence the President is pleased to award VISHISHT SEVA MEDAL to Wing Commander Virendra Pradhan.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 1983 Number: 

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Sqn Ldr Jagdish Chandra Malik 6989 EDNUnit : DPR  Award Date 26 Jan 83 Announced 26 Jan 83
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Squadron Leader Jagdish Chandra Malik was commissioned in the IAF in January 1963. Thereafter the officer served as instructor at a Ground Training Establishment and at Air Force Administrative Collage. Later he served as Chief Instructor at the Jungle and Snow Survival School and conducted 40 survival courses in inhospitable areas.

Squadron Leader Malik set up the Public Relations Unit of Defence Ministry at Headquarters Western Air Command in 1971. Later in 1976, he was appointed the Public Relations Officer (Air Force) at the Directorate of Public Relations of the Ministry of Defence.

The officer has made significant contribution to the Publicity of the IAF. Prior to and during 1971 operations he worked ceaselessly and secured wide publicity for the air operations and allied activity in the Western Sector. He also wrote a number of articles on Air Operations, besides reporting day to day activities. The officer performed his job willingly and cheerfully with complete disregard to his personal comfort, at odd hours and often in adverse working conditions. His work has contributed greatly to better understanding of Defence Services among the masses.

For his services of very high order, spread over a decade, the President is pleased to award VISHISHT SEVA MEDAL to Squadron Leader Jagdish Chandra Malik.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 1983 Number: 

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Sqn Ldr Gulshan Rai Malhotra 8257 AE(L)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 83 Announced 26 Jan 83
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Squadron Leader Gulshan Rai Malhotra was commissioned in the IAF in January 1964. For the next ten years, he was posted to Guided Weapons where he specialised in three major independent systems.

Based on his performance the officer was sent abroad to undergo a Computer Course. Since his return, the officer is posted to Programming and Simulation Center to work in the pioneering task of Air Defence Data Handling systems. The officer had done a laudable job in planning, designing and implementation of a number of systems especially the project that would be the basis of more advanced tracking system.

The officer has on his own studied the operating system and guides other programmers in their work. He is also engaged in futuristic task of writing Tracking Package in Micro Processor Assembly language.

For his exemplary efforts in the pioneering field and ability to interact in getting best out of his staff, the President is pleased to award VISHISHT SEVA MEDAL to Squadron Leader Guishan Rai Malhotra.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 1983 Number: 

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Sqn Ldr Partap Singh 8897 AE(L)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 83 Announced 26 Jan 83
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Squadron Leader Pratap Singh was commi ssioned in the Aeronautical Engineering (Electronics) Branch on 05 October, 1964. He has served with distinction as Engineering Officer in Fighter Squadrons and as Signal Officer in Units and Wings.

He was one of the few technical officers selected for training on the latest type of Fighter/Bomber aircraft. He obtained 'excellent' grade in his training. On completion of training, this officer was posted to a wing as Officer in charge of Type 24 Mobile Conversion Flight and close Range Navigation Complex.

The task of completing installation of the Mobile Conversion Flight equipment and is commissioning was time bound. So was the installation, testing and commissioning of the close Range Navigation Complex. The resources available with the officer were limited. But his professionalism, inspiring leadership and personal example inspired his men to accomplish these tasks with the given time frame. He continued to work with commendable energy, single minded devotion and perseverance and improved the functioning of both the Mobile Conversion Flight and the Navigation Complex. He achieved the similar fetes at two more stations.

Sqn Ldr Pratap Singh projects the image of a dynamic Engineering Officer. His drive and initiative knows no bounds when it comes to any kind of challenge requiring persistent efforts. He has, thus, set a fine example of skilful and competent technical officer and has been a source of inspiration to those working under him.

For his professional excellence, organizing ability man management and selfless devotion to duty, the President is pleased to award VISHISHT SEVA MEDAL to Squadron Leader Pratap Singh.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 1983 Number: 

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Sqn Ldr Baldev Singh Cheema 8902 AE(L)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 83 Announced 26 Jan 83
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Squadron Leader Baldev Singh Cheema was commissioned in the Indian Air Force in October 1964. An M Tech, he is a graduate of Defence. Services Staff College, Wellington. Being an exceptional Engineer, he was specially selected for training abroad on first and second line servicing of a new aircraft. On his return he was entrusted with the responsibility of setting up the technical services of an aircraft having the most modern and sophisticated equipment in the Indian Air Force. Having to start from scratch, with limited resources at his disposal, Squ adron Leader Cheema, in a short span of a few months, achieved a near impossible goal of making the technical services stream lined. His unflagging energy knew no bounds as he worked morning and afternoon to achieve his aim.

Taking a keen interest in every aspect of the technical requirements, his involvement was total as he went into the smallest detail of every problem and ensure that it was thrashed out. He had displayed tremendous enthusiasm and pride in his work which has served as a great example to his subordinates and especially to the men of the Unit. His devotion to duty and unrelenting ardour for work is infectious, enabling him to extract the maximum out of his men, and thus achieve the phenomenal results.

The inspections of second line servicing had to be suitably scheduled to cater for the working environment so as to produce the optimum results. The servicing and operation of specialist vehicles, which turned out to be a major task, was personally supervised by Squadron Leader Cheema.

For his undoubted ability and devotion to duty the President is pleased to award VISHISHT SEVA MEDAL to Squadron Leader Baldev Singh Cheema.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 1983 Number: 

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Sqn Ldr Samuel Simon 9184 ADMUnit : Air Head Quarters  Award Date 26 Jan 83 Announced 26 Jan 83
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Squadron Leader Samuel Simon was commissioned in the Administrative Branch of the Indian Air Force in December 1964. He had held variety of appointments which include Assistant Administrative Officer, Security Counter Intelligence Officer at an operational Base, Assistant Provost Marshal and Staff Officer.

At Bombay, where the Officer was posted as Assistant Provost Marshal, he was instrumental in ensuring smooth and efficient movement of a large number of road convoys, especially relating to the setting up of Guided Weapons units. It was again during this tenure that Sqn Ldr Simon played a leading role in apprehending some personnel involved in smuggling activities. This was an operation beset with great personal danger and the officer carried it out with imagination and utter disregard of the risk and threat that his family and himself were faced with.

Having gained in experience, particularly with regard to security and investigative operations, the officer was specially selected and posted as Assistant Provost Marshal at Bagdoara, at a time when the general law and order atmosphere to the region had deteriorated. His tact, sense of involvement and mature judgment came in handy towards establishing cordial relations between the Air Force and the local population and he contributed substantially in enhancing the image of the Air Force in a difficult situation.

In all his recent appointments, as Staff Officer to Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Western Air Command, Staff Officer to Vice Chief of Air Staff and presently as ADC to Chief of the Air Staff, he continued to display exemplary devotion to duty and a forthright and positive attitude.

During all the 18 years of his commissioned service for having rendered dedicated service of a high order the President is pleased to award VISHISHT SEVA MEDAL to Squadron Leader Samuel Simon.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 1983 Number: 

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Sqn Ldr Jayanti Swarup 9220 ADMUnit : Air Head Quarters  Award Date 26 Jan 83 Announced 26 Jan 83
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Squadron Leader Jayanti Swarup was commissioned in the IAF in December 1964. He has worked as a Fighter Controller, as a Station Adjutant-cum Counter Intelligence Officer and later as Command Organisation Officer. He acquitted himself creditably in all these assignments.

In December 1979 he was posted to Air Headquarters and has been working as Assistant Director in the Directorate of Personnel (Airmen). In this capacity he was entrusted with the policy relating to moves of airmen, laying down of manning levels for different types of units, plans for the augmentation of manpower during emergency and selection of airmen for posting to our Missions abroad as well as within the country. He discharged these responsibilities in an exceedingly efficient manner. Another important aspect relating to his day today functioning was to interview airmen as well as their relatives. He handled their representations in an admirable manner and was able to provide relief to the maximum possible number of deserving cases without sacrificing the general interests of the service. In this manner, he made a valuable contribution to the upkeep of the morale in general.

For the meritorious service of an exceptional order rendered by him the President is pleased to award VISHISHT SEVA MEDAL to Squadron Leader Jayanti Swarup.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 1983 Number: 

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Sqn Ldr Ramakrishna Somnath 10780 AE(L)Unit : No.121 Helicopter Flight  Award Date 26 Jan 83 Announced 26 Jan 83
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Squadron Leader Ramakrishna Somnath was commissioned in the IAF in Oct 67 and was associated with the maintenance of Mi-8 helicopters since their inception and had served with distinction. He was responsible for setting up Mobile Conversion Flight training facilities as also servicing facilities in all the bases. These facilities are, even now, being extensively used for meeting the additional servicing requirements.

During the year 1976, Sqn Ldr R Somnath was entrusted with the task of maintenance of two types of helicopters employed to support Oil & Natural Gas Commission Bombay High off-shore operations. Immediately on his arrival at Bombay, Sqn Ldr R Somnath carried out an accurate assessment of facilities available at Bombay and nearby bases and geared up the unit with complete range of servicing facilities within a short time. As a result of this achievement, infructuous ferry of helicopters to a distant base could be stopped which has saved exchequer lakhs of rupees.

In the recent past there were many instances where fire extinguisher bottles in Mi-8 helicopters fired inadvertently during the starting cycle. Sqn Ldr R Somnath carried out extensive tests, conferred with specialists and took remedial measures that obviated the problem completely. He rendered invaluable guidance in modifying the aircraft for various roles.

For his professional skill, devotion to duty and having rendered distinguished service of a high order, the President is pleased to award VISHISHT SEVA MEDAL to Squadron Leader Ramakrishna Somnath.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 1983 Number: 

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Sqn Ldr Rajvir Yadav 11354 F(N)Unit : Air Head Quarters  Award Date 26 Jan 83 Announced 26 Jan 83
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Squadron Leader Rajvir Yadav was commissioned in the IAF in 1967. He has served as a Navigator in Packet and AN-12 Squadrons. Because of his hard work and involvement in his basic profession he was selected for an Advanced Navigation Course and was later posted as an instructor at Navigation and Signals School. During the tenure at NSS he was commended by the AOC-in-C Training Command for a very high sense of dedication and responsibility.

Squadron Leader Yadav also did a Fighter Controller's Course in which he stood first with an A-2 category. During the 1971 conflict he was posted in a Signal Unit and was commended by the ADDC Commander for having shown great presence of mind in skillfully controlling MiG aircraft which was unsure of its position and critically short of fuel.

For over 3½ years, Sqn Ldr Yadav has been working as the Staff Officer to an Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief and Principal Staff Officer at Air Headquarters. He has been thoroughly reliable in undertaking all the responsibilities of his task and has shown great tact, and where necessary firmness, in handling matters.

For his distinguished service of a high order spread over a period of many years, the President is pleased to award VISHISHT SEVA MEDAL to Squadron Leader Rajvir Yadav.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 1983 Number: 

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Sqn Ldr Rajagopala Sunder Raman 11977 SIGSUnit : 714 Signal Unit  Award Date 26 Jan 83 Announced 26 Jan 83
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Squadron Leader Rajagopala Sunder Raman was enrolled in Air Force in 1951 and was subsequently commissioned in 1969. In the earlier stages of his service, he was actively involved in the installation and overhauling of Radar System like early warning radar and Star Sapphire. He did creditable work in achieving optimum serviceability of these radar system against limitation of spares, availability and inadequate testing and calibration facilities.

During his tenure at ADGES Training Institute from September 1974 to September 1977 in addition to his duties as an instructor, he installed the full range of Troposcatter Communication equipment for training purpose, without any previous experience available on the subject. It was a challenging task, which he carried out to the entire satisfaction of his superiors.

Since September 1977, Squadron Leader Sunder Raman is in command of an installation unit of a very important communication hub centre, where he is directly responsible for installation, testing and then handing over the highly sophisticated Tropo Communication links to the users. By setting personal example of hard work and technical competence, he has shaped his personnel into a fine team of skilled technicians. During operation and maintenance of special equipment there were a number of operational and maintenance problems which had to be sorted out to meet the laid down specifications. Squadron Leader Sunder Raman, with his professional knowledge and technical competence, visited almost all the sites optimized the equipment performance and demonstrated the maintenance procedures to the site personnel. This was achieved by tenacity of purpose dedicated effort and sheer hard work extending deep into the night every day.

For his qualities of leadership, a very high degree of initiative, determination and professional technical competence the President is pleased to award VISHISHT SEVA MEDAL to Squadron Leader Rajagopala Sunder Raman.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 1983 Number: 

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Flt Lt Manmohan Singh 11953 LGSUnit : Sports  Award Date 26 Jan 83 Announced 26 Jan 83
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Flight Lieutenant Manmohan Singh was commissioned in 1969. Right after commissioning he set into improving the sagging image of the IAF Basket Ball Team which had gone down. His guidance, leadership and planning infused enthusiasm, dedication and confidence in the Air Force Basket Ball Team which brought up the name of the Air Force into lime light. Due to the initiative, drive and dedication of this officer, who captained the IAF team from 1969 to 1979, the IAF Team came to the forefront and achieved the following:- a. Won 16 all India Tournaments. b. 5 Air Force Players represented India. c. Air Force Players represented Services team. d. Reached Finals of Services Meet three times.

Not withstanding this selfless and yeoman service to Air Force, his personal performance has soared to new heights and earned achievements which few in India can claim. a. He captained services team in the National Pre-Asian Championships and was instrumental in the victory of the services team for 10 years from 1969 to 1979. b. He was selected to represent India in International meets 8 times. He has performed splendidly in the following International Tour naments: i. III ABC at Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia). ii. X ABC Celebrations at Manila (Philippines). iii. VI ABC at Tokyo (Japan). iv. VII ABC at Manila (Philippines). v. VI Asian Games at Bangkok (Thailand). c. He has the distinction of captaining India Team in the Asian Basketball Championship, and is perhaps the only IAF sportsman to achieve this unique distinction. d. He has the honour of being placed on ALL STAR ASIAN TEAM at Manila. He was the only player in the tournament to be placed on the top rung of three separate departments of the game i.e., Scoring, Rebounding and Assistance. e. He won Arjuna Award in 1971 for his outstanding performance as a player of the Indian Team. Subsequently he had attained the greater acclaim as a Caption of the Indian Basket Ball Team in 1973. He is the sole officer recipient of this National honour in the IAF. f. He has been nominated the First 'Best Player of the Air Force'.

In view of his outstanding performance, in the field of Basket Ball in which he has won international repute and brought honours not only to IAF but also to the country; in recognition of his dedication and devotion in bringing up young Air Force players and guiding team to top; in appreciation of his leadership, determination and expertise in captaining Air Force and Services teams and boosting up their performance upto National level; and keeping in high esteem the fact that he has given the best part of his playing days to the service without considering domestic problems and beyond the call of duty, the President is pleased to award VISHISHT SEVA MEDAL to Flight Lieutenant Manmohan Singh.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 1983 Number: 

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Fg Offr Gautam Kumar Dasgupta 15497 AE(L)Unit : No.20 Squadron  Award Date 26 Jan 83 Announced 26 Jan 83
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Flying Officer Gautam Kumar Dasgupta was commissioned in June 1978. Though young, he has made name for himself as a competent and dedicated Engineering Officer. Flying Officer Dasgupta was specially selected to provide Engineering support to the Air Force Aerobatic Team 'Thunder Bolts' and he amply proved himself worthy of the faith shown in him.

He has organised the technical activity of the Squadron personnel very efficiently, resulting in enhanced Squadron output. He possesses the natural quality of leadership; leading by example, where men follow him cheerfully through long hours of hard work for best possible results. Notwithstanding the perennial problems associated with the ageing aircraft and limited availability of spares, he has achieved an increase in aircraft and equipment serviceability and sustained it. During the recently concluded twelve aircraft detachment he showed exemplary farsightedness in organising first line and second line servicing while on the move. Never was any aircraft left behind at any place, though the unit gave displays over fifteen different towns all over the country, during a period of two and half months. He worked round the clock on various occasions. On one such occasion he had an engine change done overnight thus enabling ferry out of all twelve aircraft together. He achieved those outputs with selfless devotion, personal involvement and long hours and hard work beyond the call of duty in the highest traditions of the Indian Air Force. In recognition of these accomplishments at such a young age and service, the President is pleased to award VISHISHT SEVA MEDAL to Flying Officer Gautam Kumar Dasgupta.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 1983 Number: 

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MWO Bishambher Nath Bhasin 201281 ORUnit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 83 Announced 26 Jan 83
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Master Warrant Officer Bishambher Nath Bhasin was enrolled in the Indian Air Force in December, 1947 and since then he has always worked to achieve the difficult targets set before him by his superiors. His enthusiasm has never flagged despite his long innings with the IAF.

Master Warrant Officer Bhasin is highly innovative and overcomes apparently unsolvable problems with ease. His capacity to guide and control his men with iron discipline and yet his sense of justice, fair play and humane behaviour has earned him respect and affection of his subordinates and admiration of his superiors.

Since January 1979 Master Warrant Officer Bhasin has been working as Master Warrant Officer in-charge Central Repair and Servicing Section of one of the frontline aircraft at one of the major air bases and has shown exemplary zeal and enthusiasm, not only to handle intricacies of the Airframe system of this sophisticated aircraft, but also in organizing the manpower and other resources placed under his charge into a highly efficient and productive force. Because of these commendable qualities he has been able to harness the efficiency of nearly 250 airmen and vast resources placed under him to a fine edge.

For his undying zeal, great professional knowledge and commendable qualities of leadership, the President is pleased to award VISHISHT SEVA MEDAL to Master Warrant Officer Bishambher Nath Bhasin.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 1983 Number: 

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MWO Sant Kumar 208070 ORUnit : GTRE  Award Date 26 Jan 83 Announced 26 Jan 83
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Master Warrant Officer Sant Kumar was enrolled in the IAF in Jul 50. A tradesman of very high caliber, he was trade testing examiner for two years. Since 1978, he has been on deputation to Gas Turbine Research Establishment.

When MWO Sant Kumar joined the Establishment he had no previous experience in the very specialized field of fabricating experimental combustion chambers. However, by sheer hard work and with admirable determination MWO was able to meet the challenges most effectively. Under his guidance and supervision the number of these experimental combustion chambers were produced, all of which met the design requirements completely.

In his second major commitment of setting up electroplating facilities, he was responsible for advising the manufacturers of electroplating equipment regarding modification which are required for the equipment supplied by them, so that these could be satisfactorily integrated to form a comprehensive system. He was responsible for design and lay out of this facility and also the satisfactory installation, commissioning and utilization of the equipment supplied.

For his professional competence, qualities of leadership and devotion to duty, the President is pleased to award VISHISHT SEVA MEDAL to Master Warrant Officer Sant Kumar.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 1983 Number: 

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JWO Malamal Neelamcherry Unnikrishnan 243802 ORUnit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 83 Announced 26 Jan 83
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Junior Warrant Officer Malamal Neelamcherry Unnikrishnan was enrolled into the IAF in Sep 1962. He was trained in France in the installation of the antenna and drive systems. This JWO by sheer hard work and perseverance master the mechanical engineering aspects. He has developed a very high degree of skill and mastery in this intricate task. He has achieved very high professional standard whereby he could be independently entrusted with undert aking the installation of these highly complex systems.

One of the operational THD-1955 High Power Radar Units developed excessive wear of the bogie train in the drive system of the antenna. The complete antenna system weighing nearly 10 tons, is mounted on these rollers, which travel on the bearing race. This travel of roller ensures rotation of antenna in an absolutely level azimuthal plane.

JWO Unnikrishnan was detailed to inspect the extent of wear on these rollers. On inspection, he found that the wear was excessive and rollers would need replacement. The exercise of replacing these rollers had not been carried out at any site till then. Being fully aware of the excellent professional competence of the JWO, Radar and Communication Project Office entrusted the task of replacement of these rollers to him.

With a team of Radar Fitters, drawn from the unit, who were not trained in the installation of the drive system even there the JWO successfully completed the task of replacement these defective roller with a serviceable set. The mechanical adjustment measurements on the drive system were checked and the results proved that apart from being well within the specifications, the job had been carried out correctly and in an extremely professional manner. An operational radar was thus repaired in the field with minimum down time while adhering to the stringent specifications.

JWO Unnikrishnan, by assiduous hard work and discipline, gained and displayed a high degree of professional competence in both radar engineering and in the highly complex mechanical installation. Cheerful and always willing to take additional responsibilities, he had successfully and independently carried out major repairs in the field. For displaying a very high degree of initiative, determination and professional technical competence, the President is pleased to award VISHISHT SEVA MEDAL to Junior Warrant Officer Malamal NeelamcherryUnnikrishnan.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 1983 Number: 

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Gp Capt Herbert Moel David 5179 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 84 Announced 26 Jan 84
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Group Captain Herbert Moel David was commissioned in the Air Force in Aug 56. A fighter pilot of proven merit, he has been senor flight commander of two front line fighter squadrons and commanded with distinction an operational fighter squadron.

Since April 80, Gp Capt H. M. David has been station commander of a forward base. In fact this officer volunteered to extend his tenure at this hard Station to complete the first phase of its development into a mini Wing. During this period Gp Capt David has brought about several improvements at the base which can easily be seen in all echelons of activity. Particular mention needs to be made of the operational set up, the fact that the Station successfully accommodated and launched a very large number of aircraft and personnel during major joint exercises. On the domestic front he expanded all facilities with intelligence and in keeping with the needs of the community. He worked without flagging for long hours to achieve this and the fact that he volunteered to extend his stay speaks of his devotion and will to get things done.

For his distinguished service of a high order, the President, is pleased to award 'Vishisht Seva Medal' to Ground Captain Herbert Moel David.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 1984 Number: 

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Gp Capt Pooran Dev Adlakha 5266 ACCTUnit : Air Head Quarters  Award Date 26 Jan 84 Announced 26 Jan 84
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Group Captain Pooran Dev Adlakha was commissioned in the Accountant Branch on 17 November, 1956. A master of Commerce and MBA, the officer has also done Advance Accounts Course, Senior Defence Management Course, EDP Project Formulation and Budget Management Course. The officer has served with distinction as Senior Accountant Officer of four major Wings, an Equipment Depot and a Training Establishment. In 1971 he was appointed as Assistant Director Resettlement in the Mini stry of Defence and was responsible for rehabil itation of war-disabled soldiers and windows. With total dedication and resourcef ulness, the officer was highly success in substantially enlarging the avenues of resett lement and helping these unfortunate personnel to resettle themselves. As Group Accountant officer, by personnel involvement he not only achieved the audit objection targets set for the Group but also raised the state of accounting at units. He was then posted as incharge of Airman Pay Wing at Air Force Central Accounts Office where he tackled with commendable zeal and thoroughness the problem of debit balance in airmen's accounts.

In Feb 81 Group Captain Adlakha took over newly created post of Joint Director, Financial Planning. He took a leading part in the formulation Air Force Plan 80-85 and also improved information systems for monitoring the progress.

For having rendered distinguished service of exceptional order, the President is pleased to award 'Vishisht Seva Medal' to Group Captain Pooran Adlakha.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 1984 Number: 

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Gp Capt Ujjal Singh Pruthi 5488 MEDUnit : CAFH  Award Date 26 Jan 84 Announced 26 Jan 84
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Group Captain Ujjal Singh Pruthi was commissioned in the Medical Branch of the Indian Air force in February, 1958. Having Served as General Duty Medical Officer at various Air Force units for five year, he specialised in advanced surgery through a course of nearly 13 months duration. Later, he also underwent a short course in Aviation Medicine.

As a surgeon of repute, Group Captain Pruthi not only gained valuable experience in appointment of his specialisation at various Service hospitals but also set up a high record performance thereby earning the appreciation of the patient who went through him as well as his superior officer in the Branch.

The exceptional professional skill and decimation of this officer found him, in course of time, performing valued and diversified duties as an adviser, post graduate teacher, university examiner and clinical surgeon. He has consistently displayed trem endous capacity for sustained hard work of high clinical caliber, cheerful disposition and commendable degree of compassion for patients under his care.

During his present tenure with Air Force Command Hospital, the Officer has organized a dedicated, well-knit and highly efficient surgical team under his stewardship which can be pride of any medical institution.

For his outstanding professional acumen, devotion to duty and exceptional clinical service to the patient community, the President is pleased to award Vishisht Seva Medal to Group Captain Ujjal Singh Pruthi.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 1984 Number: 

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Wg Cdr Rajinder Paul Singh 4444 GD(P)Unit : Maintenance Command  Award Date 26 Jan 84 Announced 26 Jan 84
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Wing Commander Rajender Paul Singh was initially commissioned in the Flying Branch of the Indian Air Force as a Pilot in January, 1953, but because of lowered medical category due serious injuries suffered during a flying accident, he changed over to Administrative Branch.

Undaunted by his physical disability the officer adjusted himself to the demands of his new job as a ground duty officer. He con tinued to hold important and responsible appointments like Command Training Officer in Western Air Command and Command Works Officer in Central Air Command. In addition to staff jobs he has also performed his duties in various field appointments creditably. During his present tenure as Command Works Officer in Headquarters Maintenance Command, Wg Cdr RP Singh has been instrumental in bringing about excellent coordination between the Military Engineering Formations and user Air Force Stations. He had placed his demands for allotment of funds Capital Works by advanced planning and timely completion of pre-sanction formalities. The hundred percent execution of Capital Works Plan of Maintenance Command during his tenure as Command Works Officer was a noteworthy achievement.

For his devotion to duty and an indomitable will and unflinching determination, the President is please to award 'Vishisht Seva Medal' to Wing Commander Rajendra Paul Singh.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 1984 Number: 

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Wg Cdr Doraisamy Sankaranarayana Sarma 5156 EDNUnit : Communication Training Institute  Award Date 26 Jan 84 Announced 26 Jan 84
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Wing Commander Doraiswamy Sankaranarayana Sarma was commissioned in the Air Force in January 56 and has held various instructional and staff appointments. Some of the appointments held include Headmaster of a Sainik School, Assistant Professor in Elect Engg at Air Force Technical College, Assistant Director Data Processing at Air Headquarters and Command of Comm unication Training Institute. During all these appointments he left a mark of profe ssionalism and sincerity.

Wing Commander Sarma has been commanding Officer of Communication Training Institute since Force 80. The Command of an Institute with approximately 2500 trainees and a staff of 400 from different states and various walks of life is a challenging task and undaunted by the magnitude of the task. Wg Cdr DS Sarma has streamlined the unit administration. He has succeeded in bringing the unit administration to acceptable standard in a very short time.

Because of the changes in training methodology introduced by Wg Cdr Sarma the overall results of all trades in CTI are consistently above 95% as against 60 to 65% before his assuming the command.

Recently, Wg Cdr Sarma has been entrusted with the task of preparing the syllabus and programme of training for the Lead-in course for a new aircraft scheduled to commence at Air Force Technical College shortly. With his usual enthusiast and painstaking hard work, he has completed the in record time.

For his devotion to duty, initiative and loyalty to the service, the President is pleased to award 'Vishisht Seva Medal' to Wing Commander Doraiswamy Sankaranarayana Sarma.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 1984 Number: 

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Wg Cdr Sikander Piroshaw Malao 5975 AE(M)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 84 Announced 26 Jan 84
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Wing Commander Sikander Piroshaw Malao was commissioned in the Air Force in Jun 60. A brilliant technical officer, he successfully completed Technical Staff Course and Senior Technical Management Course. Thereafter, he was appointed Chief Inspection Officer and Senior Proof Officer at the Equipment Depot. One of the singular achievements of Wg Cdr SP Malao has been the setting up of proof testing facilities of 30mm and 23mm ammunition of foreign origin for the first time in the Indian Air Force. All lots of such ammunitions were successfully proof tested at the Equipment Depot. Thus considerable quantities of amm unition which could not be issued to operating units for lack of proof-test facilities would now be put into circulation leading to considerable savings in foreign exchange.

Wg Cdr SP Malao, with his sound professional judgment and positive innovative thinking, has put up certain proposal to improve the efficient functioning of the Equipment Depot.

For having done pioneering work in Proof Range and rendering meritorious service the President is pleased to award 'Vishisht Seva Medal' to Wing Commander Sikander Piroshaw Malao.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 1984 Number: 

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Wg Cdr Vinod Singh Rawat 6043 LGSUnit : 51 Air Stores Park  Award Date 26 Jan 84 Announced 26 Jan 84
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Wing Commander Vinod Singh Rawat was commissioned in the Indian Air Force on 17 Dec 60. Since then he has held various field as well as staff appointments. He was selected to be a member of purchase team of London. Later his outstanding capabilities and dedicated devotion to duty was utilized fruitfully as Project Officer of a fighter aircraft.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 1984 Number: 

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Wg Cdr Govind Malhar Apte 6415 AE(L)Unit : Indian High Commission, L  Award Date 26 Jan 84 Announced 26 Jan 84
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Wing Commander Govind Malhar Apte (6415) AE (L) was commissioned on 01 Dec 61. A graduated of Defence Services Staff College, he is a post graduate in Electronics holding an ME degree from Indian Institute of Sciences with distinction and first position. He is an expert in the field of Electronic Warfare and has been invited by inter services organistaions to conduct instructional work in this field.

Since Mar 81, Wing Commander Apte is posted at London Deputy Air Advisor (Technical). During the vital period of induction of Jaguar aircraft into Service, he established and maintained close contacts at personal level with the aircraft and system specialists of the Royal Air Force, the staff of the Maintenance Data Center and the weapons and electronics industry in Britain to success fully sort out many teething problems.

In his present assignment, he has used his personal expertise to obtain high-grade technical intelligence on Electronic Warfare Systems acquired by India's neighbours. By attending exhibitions and seminars with a discerning eye for detail and by fully exploiting his contacts with the industry and services, he produced valuable reports on systems such as Crotale, SAM and EL 70 deception jammer which would be of vital importance in evaluating our threat scenario.

He actively participated in all diplomatic activities. By his exemplary conduct he has maintained a very high standard of dignity and decorum and endeared himself to the diplomatic community and has thus established a place of prestige for his office, service and the country. For his distinguished service of a high order, he is awarded 'Vishisht Seva Medal'.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 1984 Number: 

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Wg Cdr Ashok Kumar Mehta 6631 LGSUnit : South Western Air Command  Award Date 26 Jan 84 Announced 26 Jan 84
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Wing Commander Ashok Kumar Mehta (6631) Logistics was commissioned in Jun 62. Since then, he has held numerous important appointments with distinction. As Chief Logistic Officer of one of Equipment Depots he was commended by the AOC-in-C Maintenance Command (1974) and at Air Headquarters by the Chief of the Air Staff (1979).

Since April 1981, he is working as Command Logistic and Maintenance Officer of an operational command. The officer has displayed an exceptional blend of technical, opera tional and logistic capabilities and foresight for forward planning towards achievements of the objectives of this Command. Because of his meticulous planning and resourcefulness, more than 30 Operational/ Armament training exercises were conducted during the year 1982 alone without any failure of supplies and maint enance support.

The officer was directly responsible for bringing about a saving of approximately Rs. 20 lakhs by reduction of inventories, intra-unit transfers, clearance of Aircraft on Ground and contractual price reduction by negotiations. With sustained result-oriented efforts the officer brought about an all round improvement in Mechanical Transport serviceability of specialist and common user fleet to a figure of 97% and 93% respectively from 80% during 1979-80. The officer is directly responsible towards recovery of the 40 off-road vehicles lying unserviceable for over two years and more APPAs, UPEGAs and CFTs downgraded to Class V, thus bringing about a saving to the State of Lakhs of rupees. He was also primarily responsible for bringing down the MT accident rate of this Command from 0.54 per lakh kilometers to 0.16 per lakh kilometers for the year 1982-83.

For dedicated work qualities of professional ability, indomitable determination, dynamic drive and exceptional devotion to duty, superb material management, personal example and sustained hard work much beyond call of duty, the President is please to award 'Vishisht Seva Medal' to Wing Commander Ashok Kumar Mehta.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 1984 Number: 

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Wg Cdr Subodh Chandra Mamgain 6760 F(P)Unit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 84 Announced 26 Jan 84
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Wing Commander Subodh Chandra Mamgain was commissioned in the Air Force on 10 Feb 62. In the Indo-Pak War of 1965 he was awarded the VrC on 07 Sep 65. He was sent abroad for flying training on fighter aircraft where he was graded Exceptional.

On 30 Nov 81, Wg Cdr SC Mamgain took the command of a Missile Squadron. After taking the command he streamlined the procedures to achieve a very high level of operational efficiency. The Squadron was detailed as the duty Range squadron at Guided Weapon Firing Range for the firing during 1982-83. Wg Cdr SC Mamgain studied previous problems and through dedicated hard and innovative planning formulated procedures briefing and a time bound training programmed for all the visiting squadrons. As a result of this dedicated effort, Directorate of Air Staff Inspection inspected the Squadron at range and specially cleared Wg Cdr SC Mamgain to supervise all the firing of the squadrons. His professionalism, hard work and success results has enthused a new sense of confidence purpose not only in his own squadron but other similar squadrons in the Indian Air Force who participated in the training season.

For having displayed dedication and devotion duty of a high order, the President is pleased to 'Vishisht Seva Medal' to Wing Commander Subodh Chandra Mamgain.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 1984 Number: 

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Wg Cdr Naresh Chand Jain 7065 AE(M)Unit : Eastern Air Command  Award Date 26 Jan 84 Announced 26 Jan 84
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Wing Commander Naresh Chand Jain was commissioned to the Air Force in January 1963. Though basically a Technical Officer he volunteered for flying and on completion of training was posted to an important transport Squadron which was responsible for Maritime Operation. Later as Command Engineering Officer at Headquarters Eastern Air Command, Wg Cdr Jain acquainted himself with the engineering aspects of all aircraft operated in the Command. This prolonged hours of study, continuous reference more recent technical papers issued by the manufactures, Air Headquarters and Base Repair Depots and long hours spent in the hangars and servicing bays of flying Wings. He was soon in position to appreciate and anticipate technical problems. His greatest contribution was in the maintenance safety, where painstaking enquiry of incidents and accidents established the causes and the introduction of preventive service procedures. He displayed great initiative in modification for the Caribou propeller system, which was approved by competent authority, enabling increased utilization of this aircraft. He played role in drawing up retraining programmes of the personnel, which were aimed at enhancing professional skills and knowledge.

For having rendered distinguished service very high order, the President is pleased to award 'Vishisht Seva Medal' to Wing Commander Naresh Chand Jain.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 1984 Number: 

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Wg Cdr Madhukar Krishna Marathe 7328 AE(L)Unit : 11 Base Repair Depot  Award Date 26 Jan 84 Announced 26 Jan 84
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Wing Commander Madhukar Krishna Marathe was commissioned in the Air Force in April 1963. He has been trained aboard on fighter aircraft. Since then he has been associated with particular origin aircraft in one capacity or another. A graduate of Defence Service Staff College, he is a specialist on aircraft Electrical Systems.

Wing Commander MK Marathe was entrusted with the task of setting up of the facilities for the overhaul of over 400 rotables for a fighter type of aircraft. These notables forming part of the vital systems of the complicated supersonic aircraft required elaborate and expensive facilities. When the task was entrusted to Wg Cdr MK Marathe, not more than a few rotables could be overhauled by utilizing the existing facilities. By dint of technical expertise and perseverance, Wg Cdr MK Marathe had set up facilities for 400 different rotables during the course of the production year 1982-83. This significant technical achievement not only saved the country valuable Foreign Exchange but also helped in streamlining the overhaul line at the Base Repair Depot. The job involved ingenuity and technical competence of the highest order. By meeting the challenging assignment given to him, Wg Cdr Marathe was able to achieve more than the desired results in the given time frame.

For his technical competence, devotion to duty and ingenuity, the President as pleased to award 'Vishisht Seva Medal' to Wing Commander Madhukar Krishna Marathe.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 1984 Number: 

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Wg Cdr Sadasiva Dass 7369 AE(L)Unit : Air Head Quarters  Award Date 26 Jan 84 Announced 26 Jan 84
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Wing Commander Sadasiva Dass was commissioned in the Air Force on 01 June 63. Since then he has held various field as well as staff appointments with distinction.

In Jan 79 Wg Cdr S Dass was specially selected to lead a Missile Project Management Team which was having slippage in work service and problem in procurement of indigenous equipment. As a result of sustained hard work, detailed planning and close liaison with the concerned agencies, Wg Cdr S Dass was able to get the works service executed by due date, indigenous equipment purchased and positioned at site in time for installation. Infrastructure for the overhaul facilities at site was completed by May 80 and pilot overhaul completed in Nov, 80. Thus, overhaul of equipment for operational Squadron has been put on a sound footing.

For having displayed qualities of leadership, devotion to duty and professional skill, the President is pleased to award 'Vishisht Seva Medal' to Wing commander Sadasiva Dass.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 1984 Number: 

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Wg Cdr Pradip Bhagat 7412 F(P)Unit : AFS New Delhi  Award Date 26 Jan 84 Announced 26 Jan 84
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Wing Commander Pradip Bhagat was commissioned in the Air Force on 22 June 63. During his twenty years of service, he has held numerous important appointments like Station Flight Safety Officer, Command Flight Safety Officer, Flight Commander, Chief Operations Officer etc. Since 01 Dec 81, Wg Cdr P Bhagat has been holding the appointment of Chief Administrative Officer Air Force Station, New Delhi. Immediately on his arrival, Wing Commander P Bhagat accepted the challenge of preparing the Air Force Contingent for the Republic Day Parade. His dedicated and whole hearted involvement not only ensured smooth passing of the event but also brought laurels to the Air Force in the form of rare Press Reviews.

Concurrently, the Station was also going ahead with preparation for the conduct of the Air Force Sports Festival to be held at the Station during Feb 82. The preparations involved providing accommodation and messing to more than 1000 sportsmen and officials besides bringing up the standard of sports grounds and courts to the desired level. Wg Cdr P Bhagat, as the Chief Admin Officer, distinguished himself as a skilled and effective administrator in overcoming the enormous administrative difficulties.

For his outstanding service as an able leader, effective administrator and good organizer, the President is pleased to award 'Vishisht Seva Medal' to Wing Commander Pradip Bhagat.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 1984 Number: 

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Wg Cdr Bhushan Lal Bhan 8034 ADMUnit : 2 Provost and Security Unit  Award Date 26 Jan 84 Announced 26 Jan 84
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Wing Commander Bushan Lal Bhan was commissioned in the Air Force in Dec 63. In his more than 20 years of service he has held important staff, field and instructional appointments and has left a mark of dedicated professional in every field of activity.

An ace specialist in Photo Interpretation, his interpretation of air photographs of operational missions, component analysis of various likely enemy targets, total dedication and tireless efforts in updating records and providing new target information with great accuracy and commendable speed made significant contributions during the 1965 and 1971 Wars.

Later, due to his professionalism, he made substantial contribution, towards bringing about a remarkable improvement in the security environment and vigilance set-up both as Security Officer of an Operational Base and as the Assistant Provost Marshal of a very sensitive and important area.

In July 81, Wing Commander Bhan was specially selected to take over the Command of highly sensitive Provost Unit at Delhi. Since then, besides performing his primary tasks commendably well, he has also wonderfully shouldered and ensured successful completion of a large number of additional special, vital and highly sensitive tasks connected with Air Force Golden Jubilee functions, Asiad 82, Non-Aligned Summit etc.

For having displayed professionalism of exceptional order, initiative and drive, the President is pleased to award 'Vishisht Seva Medal' to Wing Commander Bushan Lal Bhan.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 1984 Number: 

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Wg Cdr Ashutosh Nigam 8277 AE(M)Unit : No.11 Squadron  Award Date 26 Jan 84 Announced 26 Jan 84
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Wing Commander Ashutosh Nigam was commissioned in the Air Force in July 63. Since the he has held a variety of field appointments like Engineering Officer, Officer in charge Repair and Servicing Section, Officer in charge Avro Overhaul and Senior Technical Officer of a Transport Squadron.

Wing Commander Nigam was appointed STO the transport Squadron when the Squadron when the Squadron was being converted from Dakota to Avro aircraft. Despite shortage of trained manpower and ground equipment, Wing Commander Nigam, without being disheartened, took stock of the situation. He carefully worked out equipment, procured the minimum required item in the shortest possible time and devoted all his energy to the task of introducing the aircraft to the Squadron and making it fully operational. It is because of his personal involvement, professional skill and initiative that the Squadron not only improved its serviceability state, but also achieved 100% serviceability on many occasions - a Unit record.

To sustain his achievement, he also trained a record number of technicians by carefully planning the training schedule and conducting the classes personally. During his tenure, the Squadron maintained accident/incident free record inspire of flying over 10250 hours. He also improved the average serviceability state. His personal contribution is the main factor which has paved the way for the Sqn to wing the coveted Sqn of the year, safety trophy 1981-82 and for being adjudged the Best Transport/Helicopter Unit in his Command for two successive years (1980-81).

For having displayed single minded devotion to duty and dedication, the President is pleased to award 'Vishisht Seva Medal' to Wing Commander Ashutosh Nigam.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 1984 Number: 

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Wg Cdr Man Mohan Sehgal 8390 F(P)Unit : No.30 Squadron  Award Date 26 Jan 84 Announced 26 Jan 84
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Wing Commander Man Mohan Sehgal (8390) Flying (Pilot) was commissioned in the Air Force on 18 Apr 64. An above average fighter pilot, he is a fighter combat leader and Graduate of Defence Services Staff College. Wg Cdr MM Sehgal selected to command a MiG Squadron which was performing the role of operational Training Unit. Under his able leadership, the squadron was able to bag the following distinctions during the past year: a. Supersonic squadron of the year in the IAF. b. Best categorized supersonic squadron in the IAF. c. Eastern Air Command Gunnery Meet Championship. d. Champion in all the games in the inter-unit sports championship at the Air Force Station.

The sense of duty and professional competence of the officer had a lot to do with the squadron's winning the above laurels. For the distinguished service that he has rendered in the past year, the President is pleased to award Vishisht Seva Medal to Wg Cdr MM Sehgal.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 1984 Number: 

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Wg Cdr Desika Thatham Rajagopalan 8895 AE(L)Unit : Air Head Quarters  Award Date 26 Jan 84 Announced 26 Jan 84
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Wing Commander Desika Thatham Rajagopalan was commissioned in the Air Force on 5 Oct, 64. An M Tech from IIT Delhi, he specialized in Control Engineering and Instrumentation. The appointments held by him include Assistant Direct of Air Staff Inspection, Flight Test Engineer, Instructor at Ground Training School and Assistant Director Air Staff Requirements. In each one of these appointments he distinguished himself by achieving much beyond normal expectations.

As Assistant Director of Air Staff Requirement he was assigned the task of looking after all projects relating to electronic and electro-optical systems and various simulator projects. He has, during his tenure in the Directorate, handled over 25 complex projects which required has full involvement in some of the developmental work.

Electronic and electro-optical systems are highly sophisticated and complex in nature. There has been rapid improvement in technology which demands continuous updating of knowledge. Wg Cdr Raja gopalan has made the utmost effort to keep himself abreast of the developments in the field and has been able to study various proposals for electronic and electro optical systems with a very critical eye and prepare exhaustive and thorough reports and briefs which helped a great deal in make decisions at higher level.

For his devotion to duty of a very high order and outstanding performance, the President is pleased to award 'Vishisht Seva Medal' to Wing Commander Desika Thatham Rajagopalan.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 1984 Number: 

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Sqn Ldr Jagnandan Kumar Pathania 8053 ADMUnit : Western Air Command  Award Date 26 Jan 84 Announced 26 Jan 84
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Since 24 Nov 79 Wg Cdr JK Pathania is posted as Assistant Director (Operations) at a Command Headquarters and has displayed a high sense of responsibility, trust worthiness and unwavering devotion to duty. In February, 1980 the officer was closely associated with a Joint Exercise held to test the adequacy of Control and Reporting Standard Operating Procedures. The contribution of the office in the exercise was real substantial and praiseworthy.

In Sep 81, the officer planned and conducted exercise to check on preparedness to deal with incident of hijacking. The result of the exercise was very noteworthy.

The contribution of the officer in various Air Defence and Joint Army/Air exercises has been very significant and praiseworthy.

For his exceptional devotion to duty and distinguished service of high order, the President is pleased to award 'Vishisht Seva Medal' to Wing Commander Jagnandon Kumar Pathania.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 1984 Number: 

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Sqn Ldr Promod Rewatiballab Pande 8234 AE(L)Unit : RCPO  Award Date 26 Jan 84 Announced 26 Jan 84
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Wing Commander Promod Rewatiballabh Pande was commissioned in the Air Force in December 1963 and held variety of appointments which include Senior Signals Officer of a major Air Force base and Officer in Charge Repair and Servicing Section.

Because of his outstanding professionalism he was selected as Quality Control Engineer for the Tropo/Microwave system of the Air Force in Sep 77. This special task was completed by him resulted in high operational efficiency and system availability of 99%.

Wg Cdr PR Pande was made responsible for evaluating the performance of the newly commissioned communication system in some sectors. He assessed the Equipment, Installation and Performance status of each site and link meticulously. He contributed largely in assessing and evaluating the performance of the system.

Wg Cdr PR Pande has been responsible for commissioning the computer based system introduced for the first time in the Air Force for speedy clearance of telegraph messages. This challenging task was accomplished meticulously by Wg Cdr PR Pande resulting in the successfully commissioning of the system in the Air Force.

For his devotion to duty and skill, the President pleased to award 'Vishisht Seva Medal' to Wing commander Promod Rewatiballabh Pande.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 1984 Number: 

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Sqn Ldr Suresh Chander Kapoor 8984 F(N)Unit : No.106 Squadron  Award Date 26 Jan 84 Announced 26 Jan 84
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Wing Commander Suresh Chander Kapoor was commissioned in the Indian Air Force on 25 Dec 64. An above average Navigator, he has served for almost five years in Strategic Reconnaissance Squadron. During the current tenure he has flown 2600 hours on HS-748 and Dakota aircraft displaying great enthusiasm, zeal and courage.

He has operated from far flung bases on detachments and surveyed vast area including sensitive and hazardous terrain. With his highly skill and devoted performance he brought back treasure of data of an exceptional order.

In his recent tenure he has held multifarious appointments and he is presently functioning as the Navigational leader in HS-748 flight. His firm commitment towards training the younger officers on the nuance of the Air Force life have has a salutatory effect on the latter and has manifested as healthy professionalized out look amongst younger officers in the unit.

For having displayed selfless devotion to duty and stimulating management techniques, the President is pleased to award 'Vishisht Seva Medal' to Wing Commander Suresh Chander Kapoor.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 1984 Number: 

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Sqn Ldr Devender Kumar Sharma 8689 F(P)Unit : DPR  Award Date 26 Jan 84 Announced 26 Jan 84
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Squadron Leader Devendar Kumar Sharma was commissioned in the IAF in March 1965. Having served in various assignments related to his Branch, the officer was appointed as Public Relations Officer in 1975. At present he is posted as the Public Relations Officer (Air Force) in the Directorate of Public Relations in the Ministry of Defence.

The officer's tenure in the field of Public Relations has coincided with a period of increasing public attention on various aspects relating to the Air Force. As a link between the Air Force and the media, the officer has established a close rapport with all agencies concerned in projecting a positive image of the Air Force.

The devotion and competence exhibited by him in promoting the various programmes of the Air Force in the Golden Jubilee Year is highly praiseworthy. He has been able to project the image of the IAF, as a modern, balanced force capable of defending the nation's air space, and lend required support to the ground forces and the civil authorities.

The officer has been the media controller during the Asian Games. During the NonAligned Summit Meet, 1983, he was responsible for looking after the media needs.

For his contribution in the Public Relations field of a very high order, professionalism and deep sense of involvement, the President is pleased to award 'Vishisht Seva Medal' to Squadron Leader Devendar Kumar Sharma.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 1984 Number: 

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Sqn Ldr Prakashchandra Khandubhai Desai 10078 AE(M)Unit : Aircraft and Systems Testing Establishment  Award Date 26 Jan 84 Announced 26 Jan 84
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Squadron Leader Prakash Chandra Khandubhai Desai was commissioned in the Air Force on 3 Jan 66. He was awarded Gold Medal for standing first in the Engineering (Industrial Engineering) Examination NITIE, Bombay in July 76 and earned the FCIL being the best student in the 'Electronic Data Project System' course at MCTE, MHOW in Jun-Aug 77. He graduated from Defence Services Staff College in Nov 80.

Squadron Leader Desai was specially selected as Weapon Test Engineer and Officerin charge Test Laboratory of Aircraft and System Testing Establishment where he displayed outstanding capability at handling challenging tasks assigned to him.

As project engineer for flight trials of a Missile System, Squadron Leader Desai handled various disciplines of the Project single handed and was responsible for formulating fabrication drawing providing design support for various equipments. The task was completed in a record time of three months.

The post firing film data analysis work under taken by the officer and the efforts put in by him evolve new procedures and techniques were appreciated by the concerned manufacturers.

For his exceptional devotion to duty and profile competence of a high order, the President is please to award 'Vishisht Seva Medal' to Squadron Leader Prakash Chandra Khandubhai Desai.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 1984 Number: 

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Sqn Ldr Padamjit Singh Ahluwalia 11631 F(P)Unit : Air Head Quarters  Award Date 26 Jan 84 Announced 26 Jan 84
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Squadron Leader Padamjit Singh Ahulwalia was commissioned in the Indian Air Force on 2 June 1968. He served with great credit and distinction with a transonic Squadron for nearly four years, before selection for position to a high performance aircraft, where he served for two years. In recognition of his outstanding performance and ability he was awarded the Best Pilot Trophy in Command Gunnery Meet of Western Air Command event as a relatively junior pilot.

Squadron Leader Ahluwalia during a tenure with Iraq AF, successfully executed a forced landing on an L-29 aircraft. He was specially commended by the Commandingin-Chief, Iraqi Air Force for his highly professional, cool and competent handling of a grave emergency and saving the aircraft and the life of the pupil.

Squadron Leader Ahluwalia was specially selected for training abroad on a new aircraft in 1981. He was graded "Excellent" by the host authorities and once again brought great credit to IAF and the country in the eyes of a foreign Air Force. He was posted as Assistant Director Operations at Air Headquarters in March 1982 where he has been competently handling the staff work associated with the aircraft induction.

For his exceptional devotion to duty and dedication of the service, the President is pleased to award 'Vishisht Seva Medal' to Squadron leader Padamjit Singh Ahluwalia.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 1984 Number: 

Vishist Seva Medal
WO Sarup Singh 219244 ORUnit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 84 Announced 26 Jan 84
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Warrant Officer Sarup Singh is one of the most experienced electrical fitter on a type of fighter aircraft and has applied his experience for the benefit of Operational Squadrons. He has total grasp of the highly complicated circuitry and sophisticated systems. Over the years, WO Sarup Singh has devised a large number of test rigs which have greatly helped in analyzing snags and in carrying out servicing and functional tests of a large number of components. A few among these are engine inhibitor rig, directional Relay Tester, Inertial Pickup tester, Stabilizer Angle Transmitter tester and Universal Armament Test Bench.

WO Sarup Singh has high sense of duty and undying enthusiasm, because of which he puts in long hours of work with complete disregard to personal comfort. He possesses a cheerful disposition in spite of personal misfortunes and is thus able to provide effective and strong leadership to his men.

For such dedicated devotion to duty, unfailing zeal, enthusiasm, and extremely deep professional knowledge, the President is pleased to award 'Vishisht Seva Medal' to Warrant Officer Sarup Singh.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 1984 Number: 

Vishist Seva Medal
JWO Murugesan Sivanandan 220394 ORUnit : AFS Jalahalli  Award Date 26 Jan 84 Announced 26 Jan 84
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Junior Warrant Officer Murugesam Sivanandam is held on the posted strength of Air Force Station Jalahali since June, 1980 and is functioning as JWOIC Police since then.

Air Force Station Jalahali is spread over a large area and includes more than 6 lodger units. JWO Sivanandam as JWO in-charge Police has taken tremendous pains to ensure adequate security in this area.

On 11 Oct 81, when a few airmen of our lodger units were involved in an affray in Ramachandra village, it was JWO Sivanandam who proceeded to the scene of affray and brought the situation under control avoiding civil police from opening fire to disperse the personnel. The effective part played by JWO Sivandanan this case is worth emulating and praise worthy.

During the month of October 1982 a gang was operating at Jalahali, robbing the abinitio trainees coming back to camp through unauthorized entry. Acting on certain clues, JWO Sivanandam investigated the case and brought all the culprits to book thus relieving the trainees from harassment.

JWO Sivanandam has played an important role in nabbing the personnel involved in the recent subversive activities at this station. He worked hard and kept vigil throughout which helped to bring the culprits to the light.

For his outstanding duty and distinguished service of high order, the President is pleased to award 'Vishisht Seva Medal' to Junior Warrant Officer Murgesam Sivanandam.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 1984 Number: 

Vishist Seva Medal
Sgt Shobha Lal Sharma 227555 ORUnit : -N.A.- Award Date 26 Jan 84 Announced 26 Jan 84
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Sergeant Shoba Lal Sharma was trained abroad on a fighter aircraft and upon his return has been effectively employed in the capacity of a supervisor in electrical trade in the squadron Daily Servicing Section.

Between Jan and Jun 82 because of a series of malfunction of control and protection units fitted on the mobile starting aggregate, all the aggregates held by the squadron were tendered unserviceable. The fault could not be identified and the squadron operations faced a challenge.

Sgt Sharma SL on his own initiative proceeded to study the most complicated electronic circuits drawing on his wealth of experience and knowledge. After painstaking efforts he identified and isolated the snags. Further, he devised modifications for each one of these snags without compromising on the safety aspect of the operation. These units were installed back on the mobile starting aggregates and successfully tested. They not only yielded satisfactory results but showed no signs of any deviation from the laid down parameters.

For his devotion to duty loyalty and zeal to work, the President is pleased to award 'Vishisht Seva Medal' to Sergeant Shoba Lal Sharma.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 1984 Number: 

Vishist Seva Medal
Gp Capt Sudesh Pal Vohra 5643 ADMUnit : Air Force Records Office  Award Date 26 Jan 85 Announced 26 Jan 85
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Group Captain Sudesh Pal Vohra joined the Indian Air Force in 1957. During his commissioned service of 25 years, the officer has held various important, challenging and high-pressure jobs.

On his posting as OIC Drafting Wing at AFRO in March, 1983, he took upon himself the challenge-of achieving the organizational aim of operational efficiency. To this end, he took positive steps to motivate the work force and ensure optimum utilisation of the existing resources essential for efficient handling of highly sophisticated systems.

This officer with his vast experience, analytical and mature handling, has been able to meet the challenge of managing vast, highly skilled manpower and also looking after their human requirements. By introducing extended tenures, he has not only ensured greater use of expertise, but also improved the satisfaction level of men. About 90-95% airmen are now given first or second choice of posting on completion of a tenure in a hard area.

During the last year over 8,840 promotions were authorised. By his meticulous planning, he made sure that movement was necessitated only in 600 cases. Similarly due to his perseverance, there has been a sharp decline in the outstanding movements. From 1651 in 1983 this figure has now been reduced to 869, a drop of nearly 50%. The trained status of the flying squadrons has also improved from 70% to 80-85%. His concentrated efforts have brought about an all-around improvement in the placement planning of airmen and a fair degree of satisfaction level has been achieved.

For his dedication to duty, loyalty to the service and outstanding performance at AFRO, the President is pleased to award Vishisht Seva Medal to Group Captain Sudesh Pal Vohra.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 1985 Number: 

Vishist Seva Medal
Wg Cdr Subramanian Natarajan 6447 LGSUnit : 31 Movement Control Unit  Award Date 26 Jan 85 Announced 26 Jan 85
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Wing Commander Subramanian Natarajan has been in command of a Movement Control Unit, since 14 Dec 81. His command and control of the unit, in rendering yeoman service to the IAF, in the field of logistics support, has been of an excellent order. His performance as Senior Logistics Officer in his earlier assignments, at three different stations, was of an outstanding order.

The Movement Control Unit is responsible for induction of sophisticated hardware and high priority requirements of logistics support for the operational preparedness of the IAF. Wg. Cdr. Natarajan has ably led his team of men to dedicated performance to ensure that outgoing and incoming consignments are cleared from the International Airlines and customs avoiding delays which might affect operational efficiency of the Air Force. Consignments containing such valuable items as computer hardware, a Jaguar simulator, equipment for the Indo-Soviet space project and the Antarctica expedition, were received without a single instance of damage or shortage.

For his excellent professional competence, positive outlook, dedication to duty and inspiring leadership, the President is pleased to award Vishisht Seva Medal to Wing Commander Subramanian Natarajan.

Reference: Gazette of India Notification Dated : 26 Jan 1985 Number: 

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