MHA Announces Creation Of Sardar Patel National Unity Award To Honour Work Done For India’s Integrity

Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel.

The Union Home Ministry on Friday (20 September) announced the Sardar Patel National Unity Award, a new honour on the pattern of Padma awards for individuals or institutions for notable contributions towards the cause of national unity and integrity.

In a notification issued on Friday, the ministry said the decoration shall be conferred by the President by a 'Sanad' (certificate) "under his hand and seal".

The decoration shall be in the form of a lotus leaf -- six centimetres in length, six and two centimetres at its breadth and four millimetres in thickness. It will be made of fine silver and gold.

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On its obverse shall be embossed replica of the lotus and with petals of lotus spreading out from sixteen petals.

A portrait of Sardar Patel shall be embossed upon a circular shaped gold medal with diameter of two centimetres and on the reverse shall be embossed the state emblem and motto in Hindi, it said.

As per the notification, a sealed pattern of the decoration shall be deposited and kept.

"The decoration shall be worn by men on the left breast, suspended from a plain lotus tri-colour ribbon one and four centimetres in width and by women the same colour and width fashioned into a bow."

The decoration shall be awarded for notable and inspiring contributions to promote the cause of national integration and to reinforce the value of a strong and united India, it said.

(With inputs from IANS)

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