Special Operation Medal 2022: The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) on Monday declared 'Union Home Minister's Special Operation Medal-2022' for four special operations conducted by the security forces in areas of terrorism, border action, arms control, prevention of narcotics smuggling and rescue operations.
A total of 63 police officers having different ranks from Constable to Additional Director General of Police have been awarded the 'Union Home Minister's Special Operation Medal-2022' on Sardar Patel's birth anniversary.
The award was declared when the country was celebrating a large-scale 'Run For Unity' event to mark the birth anniversary of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, who is known as the Iron Man of India.
The award is conferred for special operations in the areas such as terrorism, border action, arms control, prevention of narcotics smuggling, and rescue operations.
All recommendations for the award are sent to the MHA within three months of the special operation.
A committee in MHA screens all the nominations and recommends them for the award. Director Intelligence Bureau is a member of the selection committee under the Chairmanship of the Home Secretary, and two Directors General of Police of states and UTs by rotation in alphabetical order and one Director General of a CAPF by rotation (the larger organization are given preference) in the committee every year. The Union Home Minister is the competent authority to approve the final list of awardees recommended by the Selection Committee of MHA.