Samar Seva Star 1965

Award for recognition of the services of Armed Forces personnel and civilians in the conflict with Pakistan in 1965 other conditions of eligibility are as under:-  

(1)    Regular Army personnel, Reserve, Territorial Army and militia forces  

(a)     Personnel who rendered at least ten days’ active service between the 5 Aug 65 and the 25 Jan 66 in a unit/formation operating or located in the qualifying areas.  

(b)     Personnel who served for a minimum qualifying period of one day in any battle zone during the periods specified for each battle zone.  

(c)     Personnel of Air Observation Post units who either carried out at least three operational sorties or a total of five operational flying hours, as members of crew, either in enemy territory, or in the qualifying areas between 5 Aug 65 and 25 Jan 66.  

(d)     Personnel borne on the effective strength of the Army Air Transport Organization, Rear Airfield Supply Organization, Forward Airfield Supply Organization, Air Despatch Units and personnel flying with inter-communication flights who carried out three flights or a total of ten operational flying hours, as members of crew, in the qualifying areas between  5 Aug 65 and 25 Jan 66.

(e)     Army personnel attached to the Navy or the Air Force shall be eligible for the award according to the conditions of eligibility applicable to the service to which they were attached.

(2)    Naval Personnel

(a)     Personnel who were for a minimum period of ten days aboard ships of the Indian Navy in areas, of the Arabian Sea for maritime reconnaissance between 6 Sep and  23 Sep 65.

(b)     Personnel who carried out minimum of three operational sorties of a total of ten operational flying hours, as members of crew, of the Naval Air Squadron in operational sorties of maritime reconnaissance cover the specified areas of the sea, between 6 Sep and 23 Sep 1965.

(c)     Naval personnel attached to the Army or the Air Force shall be eligible for the award according t the conditions of eligibility applicable to the service to which they were attached.

(3)     Air Force Personnel

Personnel who were deployed in qualifying areas for a minimum period of ten days or those who carried out a minimum of three operational sorties or a total of five operational flying hours, as a member of crew, either in enemy territory or in the specified areas between 5 Aug 65 and 25 Jan 66.

Personnel on maritime reconnaissance who carried out a minimum of three operational sorties or a total of ten operational flying as members of crew over the specified sea areas between 5 Aug 65 and 25 Jan 66.

Personnel who made minimum of three landings by transport aircraft at any of the specified forward airfields, or had a total of ten operational flying hours, as members of crew, over the specified areas, between 5 Aug 65 and 25 Jan 66.

Personnel who made a minimum of three operational sorties by helicopter or other aircraft or had a total of twelve operational flying hours, as members of crew, over the specified areas, between 5 Aug 65 and 25 Jan 66.

Personnel who were a minimum qualifying period of one day in any battle one, during the periods specified periods for each battle; and Air Force personnel attached to the Army or the Navy shall be eligible for the award according to the conditions of eligibility applicable to service to which they were attached.

(4)    Civilians

Civilians of either sex in all walks of life who participated or directly assisted in the operations for a minimum qualifying period of one day in any battle zone during the specified periods for each battle zone who were in the qualifying areas for a period of less than then days between 5 Aug 65 and 25 Jan 66 and rendered direct assistance in the operations.

(5)     All recipients of gallantry decorations and those mentioned in dispatches for service in the qualifying areas irrespective of the time limit.

(6)     A person who died in service or was evacuated as a result of wounds or other disabilities attributable to service in the qualifying areas irrespective of the time limit.

(7)     Time spent as a prisoner of war, in consequence of capture in operations in the qualifying areas shall count towards the qualifying period for the award of the medal.

Eligible Categories

All Officers, JCOs, OR, NcsE of Regular Army, reserve, Territorial Army when embodied and militia forces and also civilians in their employ against authorised vacancies and who formed part of these establishments will be eligible for the Star.

Design of the Medal and Ribbon

Medal. The medal is in the form of a five pointed star with vevelled rays, made of tamnbac bronze, 40mm across with one point uppermost to which shall be fitted a ring for the ribbon. On the obverse, in the centre it shall have the state Emblem superimposed a circular band (2mm in width and 20 mm in diameter at its outer edges surrounding the State Emblem and broken at the top by the heads of the lions. On this band shall be the inscription” 1965” in raised letters. The reverse of the medal shall be plain.

Ribbon. The ribbon is red, dark blue and light blue in colour, the width of the colour being 12mm, 8mm and 12 mm respectively sub-divided into equal parts by 2, 1 and 2 narrow vertical stripes.