Videsh Seva Medal

 

Conditions of Eligibility


Awarded to personnel for services rendered outside India and for such periods as may be recognised by the Government for the purposes of this award and which has not been considered for any other Indian Medal. Awards may be made posthumously.


An individual qualifying for the medal for the first t6ime shall be awarded the medal, together with a clasp on which shall be inscribed the place where the service was rendered. On all subsequent occasions when the award is made only a clasp indicating the pace where the service was rendered. On all subsequent occasions when the award is made only a clasp indicating the place where the service was rendered be awarded.


Eligible Categories


Commissioned Officers, Junior Commissioned Officers, Other Ranks and Non-Combatants (enrolled) of the regular Army, embodied Auxiliary and Reserve Forces or any other lawfully constituted Armed Forces.
Nursing Officers and other members of Nursing Services in the Armed forces.

Design of the Medal and Ribbon


Medal - Circular in shape, made of cupre-nickel, 35 mm in diameter fitted to a plain horizontal bar with standard fitting. It shall have embossed on the obverse the State Emblem and the inscription “ “ below it along the rim. On its reverse it shall have a warship of ancient times.


Ribbon - 32 mm in width and shall, be cobalt blue colour with 5 vertical stripes of white dividing it into six equal parts.


Clasps


These shall consist of bars 32mm long with a frosted background and burnished borders. Each clasp shall have inscribed on it in raised and burnished characters in Hindi, the name of the place for service for which it has been awarded.

 

Clasp ‘UAR’

 

A person who has served for not less than 180 days continuously on the effective strength of the United Nations Emergency Force commencing from 2 Nov 1956 or thereafter.

 

Clasp ‘ETHIOPIA’

 

A person who has served for not less than 180 days on the staff of Haille Sellassie Military Academy commencing from 3 May 57 or thereafter.

On deputation to the Government of Ethiopia for employment with the Imperial Body Guard Training Centre commencing from 24 Sep 61 or thereafter.

 

Clasp ‘INDO-CHINA’

 

A person who has served for 90 days continuously on the staff of the International Commission for supervision and control commencing from 7 Aug 54 or thereafter.

 

Clasp ‘IRAQ’

 

A person who has served for not less than 180 days continuously on deputation to the Government of IRAQ from 10 Nov 59 or thereafter.

 

Clasp ‘KOREA’

 

A person who has served for not less than 90 days continuously on the effective strength of the Neutral Nations Repatriation Commission or the Custodian Force, INDIA between 22 Nov 1950 and 17 Mar 1954. A person who has received clasp ‘OVERSEAS KOREA – 1950-53’ to the General Service Medal 1947 will not be eligible for this award.

 

Clasp ‘LEBANON’

 

A person who has served for not less than 90 days on the effective strength of the United Nations Observer Group in LEBANON between 19 Jun 58 and 12 Dec 58.

 

Clasp ‘NEPAL’

 

A person who has served for not less than 180 days continuously on the effective strength of a unit or formation employed on the construction of TRIBHUVAN RAJPATH and air fields in NEPAL between 15 Apr 52 and Apr 58.

 

A person who has served for not less than 90 days continuously and was employed on the provision of signal communication for the Government of NEPAL, in NEPAL between 26 Nov 58 and 3 May 59.

 

A person who has served for not less than 180 days on the effective strength of INDIAN Military Training Mission or the Indian Military Training Advisory Group in NEPAL commencing from 1 Aug 52 or thereafter.

 

A member of the ejection crew of Air Despatch Units who has carried out 6 sorties or 24 flying hours on transport support roles in NEPAL commencing from 1 Apr 52 or thereafter.

 

Clasp ‘CONGO’

 

A person who has served for not less than 180 days continuously on the effective strength of the United Nations Forces in CONGO commencing from 2 Aug 60 or thereafter.
A member of the ejection crew of the Air Despatch Units who has carried out 6 sorties or 24 hours of flying on transport support roles over CONGO commencing from 2 Aug 60 or thereafter.

Clasp ‘BHUTAN’

 

A person who served on the effective strength of the Army team in BHUTAN between 27 May 61 and 22 Sep 61.

 

A person who has served for not less than 180 days continuously on the effective strength of the Indian Military Training Team in BHUTAN commencing from 27 Aug 62 or thereafter.

 

A person who has served for not less than 180 days continuously on the effective strength of a unit or formation employed on the construction of roads in BHUTAN commencing from 8 Apr 61 or thereafter.

 

On temporary duty in Bhutan, as may be specified by Government from time to time, for 90 days or more continuous service.

 

In the case of Air Observation Posts Pilots, 3 sorties or 12 flying hours if the period of assignment is less than one year and 6 sorties or 24 flying hours if the period of assignment is one year or more commencing from 8 Apr 61 or thereafter, on reconnaissance, or tactical transport roles over Bhutan. In special cases the conditions regarding the minimum number of sorties or flying hours may be relaxed by Government.

 

Clasp ‘NIGERIA’

 

A person who has served for not less than 180 days while on deputation to the Government of NIGERIA commencing from 28 Dec 63 or thereafter.

 

Clasp ‘YEMEN’

 

A person who has served on the staff of the United Nations Yemen Observation Mission between 4 Sep 63 and 4 Sep 64.

 

A person qualifying for the medal for the first time shall be awarded a medal together with a clasp. On subsequent occasions when the award is made, only a clasp indicating the place where the service was rendered will be awarded.

 

Clasp ‘BANGLADESH’

 

Personnel engaged in mine-sweeping operations in and around BANGLADESH. The minimum qualifying service shall be 1 day in actual mine sweeping. The period of eligibility shall be from 26 Mar 72 or to 30 Nov 72 (both days inclusive).

 

Personnel who participated in Chittagong Hills Operations on 26 Mar 72 or thereafter minimum qualifying service shall be 1 day.

 

Clasp ‘MAURITIUS‘

 

On deputation to the Government of Mauritius from 25 Feb 73 or thereafter.

 

Service in Mauritius in connection with the restoration of power and tele-communication network damaged due to cyclone in that country between 21 Feb 75 and 17 Jun 75.

 

Clasp ‘AFGHANISTAN’

 

On deputation to the Government of Afghanistan from 23 Jun 70 or thereafter.

 

Clasp ‘ZAMBIA'

 

On deputation to the Government of Zambia from 8 Oct 73 or thereafter.

 

Clasp ‘GHANA’

 

On loan to the Government of Ghana commencing from 23 Mar 59 or thereafter.

 

Clasp ‘SRI LANKA’

 

Service on deputation the Government of Sri Lanka or on loan to the Sri Lanka Navy commencing from the 13 Jun 60 or thereafter.

 

A person who has served in Sri Lanka for a minimum period of two days during the period from 12 Apr to 25 May 71 andA person who flew a minimum of 3 sorties or completed 3 hours of flying while on service in Sri Lanka during the period from 12 Apr to 25 May 71.

 

Clasp ‘SUDAN’

 

On deputation to the Government of Sudan from 25 Nov 76 or thereafter.

 

Clasp ‘BOTSWANA’

 

On deputation to the Government of Botswana from 2nd Aug 1973 or thereafter.

 

Clasp ‘TANZANIA’

 

On deputation to the Government of United Republic of Tanzania with effect from 12th April, 1988 or thereafter for minimum of 180 days’ aggregate service.

 

Clasp ‘ANGOLA’

 

On the effective strength of the United Nations Angola Verification Mission (UNAVEM) with effect from the 4th January, 1989 or thereafter for a minimum of 180 days’ aggregate service.

 

Clasp ‘NAMIBIA’

 

On the effective strength of the United Nation Transit Assistance Group (UNTAG) in Namibia with effect from the 13th March, 1989 or thereafter for a minimum of 180 days’ aggregates service.

 

Clasp ‘IRAN/IRAQ’

 

On the effective strength of the United Nations Iran-Iraq Military Observers Group (UNIMOG) With effect from any date commencing in August, 1988 or thereafter for a minimum of 180 days’ aggregate service.

 

Clasp ‘SEYCHELLES’

 

On deputation to the Government of Seychelles with effect from 01st January, 1989, or thereafter for a minimum of 180 days aggregate service.

 

Clasp ‘CAMBODIA’

 

On the effective strength of the United Nations Transition Authority Cambodia (UNTAC) with effect from the 17th April, 1992 on thereafter for a minimum of 180 days aggregate service.

 

Clasp ‘Mozambique’

 

On the effective strength of the United Nations Operations in Mozambique (ON UMOZ) with effect from the 1st May, 1993 or thereafter for a minimum of 180 days aggregate service.

 

Clasp Somalia

 

On the effective strength of the United Nations Operations in Somalia (UNOSOM) from 28th August, 1993 or thereafter for a minimum of 180 days aggregate service.

 

Clasp Rwanda

 

On the effective strength of the United Nations Assistance Mission in Rwanda (UN-AMIR) from 10th November, 1994 or thereafter for a minimum of 180 days aggregate service.

 

Clasp Nicaragua

 

On the effective strength of the United Nations Observation Mission in Nicaragua from the 30th of May, 1990 or thereafter for a minimum of 180 days aggregate service.

 

Clasp Honduras

 

On the effective strength of the United Nations Observation Mission in Honduras from the 30th of May, 1990 or thereafter for a minimum of 180 days aggregate service.

Clasp Guatemala

 

On the effective strength of the United Nations Observation Mission in Guatemala from the 30th of May, 1990 or thereafter for a mi9nimum of 180 days aggregate service.

Clasp Costa Rica

 

On the effective strength of the United Nations Observation Mission in Costa Rica from the 30th of May, 1990 or thereafter for a minimum of 180 days aggregate service.

 

Clasp El-Salvador

 

On the effective strength of the United Nations Observation Mission in El-Salvador from the 30th May, 1990 or thereafter for a minimum of 180 days aggregate service.

 

Clasp Iraq-Kuwait

 

On the effective strength of the United Nations Iraq-Kuwait Observation Mission (UNIKOM) from 25th April, 1991 or thereafter for a minimum of 180 days aggregate service.

 

Clasp Liberia

 

On the effective strength of the United Nations Observer Mission in Liberia (UNOMIL) from 15th of February, 1994 or thereafter for a minimum of 180 days aggregate service.

 

Clasp New York

 

On the effective strength of the United Nations Headquarters from 1st of July, 1993 or thereafter for a minimum of 180 days aggregate service.

 

Clasp Zambia

 

On deputation to the Government of Zambia with effect from 28th February 1994 or thereafter for a minimum of 180 days aggregate service.

 

Clasp Qatar

 

On deputation to the Government of Qatar with effect from 28th February, 1988 or thereafter for a minimum of 180 days aggregate service.

 

Clasp Lebanon

 

On the effective strength of the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon(UNIFIL) with effect from 19th Nov 1998 or thereafter for a minimum of 180 days aggregate service.

Clasp Leone

On the effective strength of the United Nations Observer Mission in Sierra Leone/United Nations Mission in Sierra Oeone (UNOMSILL/UNAMSIL) with effect 31 st Jul 1998 or thereafter for a minimum of 180 days aggregate service.

Clasp Bosnia-Herzegovina

On the effective strength of the United Nations Mine Action Centre(UNMAC) with effect from 12th Feb 1998 or thereafter for a minimum of 180 days aggregate service.

Note: For Air Force personnel the qualifying period ids 3 sorties or 12 flying hours or 180 days physical service.

Clasp Yugoslavia

On the effective strength of the United Nations Nations Protection Force (UNPROFOR) in Yugoslavia from 02 Mar 1992 and thereafter for a minimum of 180 days aggregate service.


Clasp Northern Iraq

On the effective strength of the United Nations Guards contingent in Iraq (UNGCI) from 25 Jun 2000 and thereafter for a minimum of 180 days aggregate service.

Clasp Laos

On the effective strength of the Indian Army Trainingf Team in Laos from 10 Aug 1995 and thereafter for a minimum of 180 days aggregate service.

Clasp Lesotho

On the effective strength of the Indian Army Advisory/Training Team in Kingdom of Lesotho from 10 Sep 2000 and thereafter for a minimum of 180 days aggregate service

Clasp Tajikistan

On the effective strength of the Indian Military training Team in Tajikistan from 30 Sep 2002 and thereafter for a minimum of 180 days aggregate service.

CLASP OVERSEAS KOREA 1950-53

A person who has put in specified period of service on the active strength of a unit/formation operating or located in the specified operational or concessional area during the period to be prescribed by the Government.

Qualifying Period

The minimum qualifying period for the award will be one day ashore in the political territory of Korea between the 22 Nov 50 and 8 Jul 53 (both days inclusive).