OPERATION EAGLE – HONOURS AND AWARDS REPRESENTATION:
Shri. B V Ramarao, PhD, IRSE (Retd) of Visakhapatnam, India, on 25th October, 2011, sent a letter of representation to the Honourable Prime Minister of India and Honourable Raksha Mantri ( Defence Minister) seeking the sanction of Gallantry Award of Vir Chakra that was recommended to Personal Number. MS-8466, Rank.Captain. R. R. Narasimham, AMC/SSC for his display of gallant action inside enemy territory while participating in Operation Eagle during 1971. Shri. B V Ramarao received a response from Military Secretary’s Branch, New Delhi. The letter reads as follows:
Testimonial by Lieutenant General TS Oberoi, PVSM, VrC, General Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Headquarters Southern Command, Pune – 411 011:
REMARKS OF PERSONAL NUMBER MS-8466 CAPTAIN R R NARASIMHAM, AMC/SSC, MEDICAL OFFICER, SOUTH COLUMN UNIT, OPERATION EAGLE:
The rules of eligibility for the grant of Military Honours and Awards to the participants of Operation Eagle were established by the then Prime Minister of India. The rules have not stated that the Honours and Awards are conferred within a specific period from the date of the act. The citation to confer the award of Vir Chakra was initiated by the South Column Unit and it was duly reviewed by Brigadier T S Oberoi, the Brigade Commander at the Force Headquarters, and Major General Sujan Singh Uban, Inspector General Special Frontier Force, the Formation Commander and was submitted on time to the Medical Directorate, Medical Branch, Director of Medical Services (Army), Adjutant General’s Branch, Army HQ, MoD, New Delhi for appropriate further action. The Military Secretary’s Branch(Army) must ask the Medical Directorate (Army) to forward this citation for consideration of an award by the Army HQ Honours and Awards Committee. To receive this Gallantry Award, the Prime Minister of India had established specific rules and conditions and even Indian Civilian Officers including Shri. Sujan Singh Uban, Dr. Ramesh Chandra, the Senior Medical Officer, Shri. G B Velankar, Assistant Company Commander, S.F.F., and Shri. Tarachand Pande, Assistant Company Commander, S.F.F., who had participated in Operation Eagle received Military Honours and Awards. In my opinion, the rules of the game cannot be changed by Defence Minister/Defence Ministry or Indian Army HQ or the Military Secretary’s Branch (Army) MoD. The decision to grant Military Honours and Awards was made by the Prime Minister of India and the decision was communicated to all the participants of Operation Eagle in the formal official briefings held at the Force Headquarters prior to operational deployment in the Chittagong Hill Tracts. The Government of India and the Prime Minister of India have the duty and responsibility to defend the sanctity of an official decision made by Srimati. Indira Gandhi in the discharge of her official duties.
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