Postponement of Military Chamber’s Awards- Lukewarm response from Govt and Corporate

Dear Military Families and Civilian Friends of the Soldier’s

Military Chamber had proposed to announce awards on Military Veterans Day on 14 Jan 2018 to recognise outstanding achievements of military families in various facets of nation building in various dimension of civil lives.

We had plans to bring Central Govt as master sponsor of the event. The idea was set a new precedence to synergise efforts of military families positively with support of of the govt.

We are sorry to inform members, military families and civilian friends of soldiers that all our efforts to establish contacts with central govt are yielding no results. There is a deafening silence. However our efforts will continue to bring them on board.
It is also sad to note that though many corporate houses like to show soldiers in their advertisements to promote their products on patriotic planks but no worthwhile sponsorship for this events is coming forth.

In view of above, chamber has decided to postpone the event to 15 Aug 2018.

Our efforts to bring govt and major corporate houses to be master sponsor of this event shall continue.

We request members to bear with us and also circulate this development among their peers.


The Military Chamber

Military Veteran’s Day; 14 Jan 2018- Seminar, Awards, Exhibition & Veteran’s Night – (Postponed to 15 Aug 2018 Now)

A Military Veteran’s Day is proposed to be organised by the Chamber of Commerce of Ex Servicemen; The Military Chamber, on Veteran’s Day; 14 Jan 2018 from 830 am to 530 pm in Delhi NCR.

The purpose of the event is to assist military families in creation of socio-economic orientation in civil corporate domain, bring business/ professional networking gains, recognition of their achievements and create a right connect with civilian friends of soldiers.

In the event, it is proposed to conduct multifaceted activities like an interactive day seminar, exhibition of products and services by industry, interaction with industry leaders, professionals and key govt officials, presentation of chamber’s annual awards, bara khana lunch and veterans night dinner.

The format of proposed day seminar shall consist of interactive presentations and discussion sessions with industry/ professional/ Govt leaders on following key issues (35 minutes each):

  1. Interactive discussion on ‘Challenges of Transformation of Soldiers from Military to Civil and Solutions.
  2. Presentation on ‘How to make military profile presentable for civil jobs to get right placements’.
  3. Interactive discussion session of successful military spouses on ‘Challenges of Military Spouses and a right survival strategy’.
  4. Presentation on ‘Military Brats; Nation Building Assets’.
  5. Interactive session with sports/ professional leaders and activists on Sports, Social Care, Legal and Health Issues.
  6. Interactive sessions on ‘Success Stories of Veer Naris’.
  7. Presentation on ‘Nation Building Contribution of NCC, Sainik, Military, Military Schools’.
  8. Interactive discussion session with ‘ Leaders in Public Services (govt civil services) from Military Families’.
  9. Interactive session with key officials from Services HQs, MOD, DRDO, Ord Factory Board and Private Defence Industry Leaders on ‘Challenges of Building an Indigenous Aerospace and Defence Industry in India’.

In all above discussions attempt shall be made to bring maximum participation of leaders and achievers of military families.

The event at end of the day shall have a ceremony to present Military Chamber’s Awards to achievers from military families and supporters of soldiers from among Friends of Soldiers.

The details of proposed awards are given at this link Annual Military Chamber Awards

Chamber accordingly invites military families and civilian friends of soldiers to attend and participate in the event in max strength to make this proposed annual event successful.

The registration of the event shall open soon.

The Military Chamber also invites interests from Govt, defence PSUs, industry and leaders/ experts from business, agriculture, military, professional services like HR, law, CA, CS, medical etc, military spouses, Veer Naris, gallantry award winners, social activists, sports persons, journalist, cinema. art, culture and others for:

  1. Participation as speakers for above presentations and interactive discussion sessions.
  2. Exhibiting their products and services beneficial to socio-economical activities and business of military families or contributing in growth of indigenous aerospace and defence industry.
  3. Co-hosting the event or sponsoring events and awards.
  4. Management partner of the event and event marketing companies

Please fill form to submit expression of interests Submit Expression of Interest

of contact or contact Col Ashok K Singh; Veteran mob; 9711390413

Chamber Invites Citation for Padma Award 2018

Dear Military Family

Chamber has taken  a call to nominate members of military families for Padma Awards 2018 as announced by the Govt by March 2018.

The last date for submission of nomination is 15 Sep 2017.

Accordingly chamber invites citation from its members for persons to be nominated for Padma Awards who have rendered services  of exceptional significance as per the policy of G0vt of India. A brief about the awards is given at end of the e mail.

Citation shall be send under a covering letter giving all relevant personal details and supporting documents. Please submit by 10 Sep 2017.

On receipts of above, chamber shall carry out relevant interaction as required.

Chamber is proposing to submit names of Major Dhyan Chand and Field Marshal Manekshaw for Bharat Ratna. Other names are invited.

The citation shall be send on e mail

Please give a wide publicity.


Col Ashk; Veteran

Managing Convener

Chamber of Commerce of Ex Servicemen


Padma Awards
The Padma Awards are one of the highest civilian honours of India announced annually on the eve of Republic Day. The Awards are given in three categories: Padma Vibhushan (for exceptional and distinguished service), Padma Bhushan (distinguished service of higher order) and Padma Shri (distinguished service). The award seeks to recognize achievements in all fields of activities or disciplines where an element of public service is involved.
The Padma Awards are conferred on the recommendations made by the Padma Awards Committee, which is constituted by the Prime Minister every year. The nomination process is open to the public. Even self-nomination can be made.
History and Relevance
The Government of India instituted two civilian awards-Bharat Ratna & Padma Vibhushan in 1954. The latter had three classes namely Pahela Varg, Dusra Varg and Tisra Varg. These were subsequently renamed as Padma Vibhushan, Padma Bhushan and Padma Shri vide Presidential Notification issued on January 8, 1955.
Bharat Ratna
Bharat Ratna is the highest civilian award of the country. It is awarded in recognition of exceptional service/performance of the highest order in any field of human endeavour. It is treated on a different footing from Padma Award. The recommendations for Bharat Ratna are made by the Prime Minister to the President of India. No formal recommendations for Bharat Ratna are necessary. The number of Bharat Ratna Awards is restricted to a maximum of three in a particular year. Government has conferred Bharat Ratna Award on 45 persons till date.
Padma Awards
Padma Awards, which were instituted in the year 1954, is announced every year on the occasion of Republic Day except for brief interruption(s) during the years 1978 and 1979 and 1993 to 1997.
The award is given in three categories, namely,
Padma Vibhushan for exceptional and distinguished service;
Padma Bhushan for distinguished service of a high order; and
Padma Shri for distinguished service.

All persons without distinction of race, occupation, position or sex are eligible for these awards. However, Government servants including those working with PSUs, except doctors and scientists, are not eligible for these Awards.
The award seeks to recognize works of distinction and is given for distinguished and exceptional achievements/service in all fields of activities/disciplines. An illustrative list of the fields is as under:
Art (includes Music, Painting, Sculpture, Photography, Cinema, Theatre etc.)
Social work (includes social service, charitable service, contribution in community projects etc.)
Public Affairs (includes Law, Public Life, Politics etc.)
Science & Engineering (includes Space Engineering, Nuclear Science, Information Technology, Research & Development in Science & its allied subjects etc.)
Trade & Industry (includes Banking, Economic Activities, Management, Promotion of Tourism, Business etc.)
Medicine (includes medical research, distinction/specialization in Ayurveda, Homeopathy, Sidhha, Allopathy, Naturopathy etc.)
Literature & Education (includes Journalism, Teaching, Book composing, Literature, Poetry, Promotion of education, Promotion of literacy, Education Reforms etc.)
Civil Service (includes distinction/excellence in administration etc. by Government Servants)
Sports (includes popular Sports, Athletics, Adventure, Mountaineering, promotion of sports, Yoga etc.)
Others (fields not covered above and may include propagation of Indian Culture, protection of Human Rights, Wild Life protection/conservation etc.)
The award is normally not conferred posthumously. However, in highly deserving cases, the Government could consider giving an award posthumously.
A higher category of Padma award can be conferred on a person only where a period of at least five years has elapsed since conferment of the earlier Padma award. However, in highly deserving cases, a relaxation can be made by the Awards Committee.
The awards are presented by the President of India usually in the month of March/April every year where the awardees are presented a Sanad (certificate) signed by the President and a medallion.
The recipients are also given a small replica of the medallion, which they can wear during any ceremonial/State functions etc., if the awardees so desire. The names of the awardees are published in the Gazette of India on the day of the presentation ceremony.
The total number of awards to be given in a year (excluding posthumous awards and to NRI/foreigners/OCIs) should not be more than 120.
The award does not amount to a title and cannot be used as a suffix or prefix to the awardees’ name
Who decides
All nominations received for Padma Awards are placed before the Padma Awards Committee, which is constituted by the Prime Minister every year. The Padma Awards Committee is headed by the Cabinet Secretary and includes Home Secretary, Secretary to the President and four to six eminent persons as members. The recommendations of the committee are submitted to the Prime Minister and the President of India for approval.