Guwahati: Assam Police is all set to be bestowed with the prestigious President’s Colour Award on May 10, as a recognition of exemplary and dedicated service to the nation. The Assam Police has undertaken several programmes to deserve this special award.
Union Home Minister Amit Shah, who is currently in the state, will ceremonially offer the President’s Colour Award to Assam Police on behalf of the President at an event organized at Srimanta Sankardev Kalakshetra on May 10.
Assam will be the 10th state in the country to receive the President’s Colour Award as a recognition of exceptional performance in controlling crime, tackling insurgency, ensuring security of lives and property, and maintaining law and order in the state.
Maharashtra, Himachal Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Jammu and Kashmir, Haryana, Gujarat and Tripura are the other states which have received the President’s Colour Award so far. Delhi is the only Union Territory to bag this prestigious award.
What is the President’s Colour Award?
The President’s Colour Award is the highest honour that can be given to any ‘military unit’ of the country. The presentation of this award is an acknowledgment of the unit’s praiseworthy service.
A special flag, also known as ‘Nishaan’, is given to a unit as part of the award. It is an emblem worn by all the officers in the unit on the left-hand sleeve of their uniform. Although, the units have stopped carrying the colour into battles, the tradition to receive, hold and parade with the colour is still prevalent today in the Armed forces.
While the Heavy cavalries are awarded with ‘Standards’, the light cavalries receive ‘Guidons’.
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