Hon. Capt Bana Singh – Param Vir Chakra

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The citation for the Param Vir Chakra awarded to Bana Singh reads :

NB SUB BANA SINGH
8 JAK LI (JC-155825)

“Naib Subedar Bana Singh volunteered to be a member of a task force constituted in June 1987 to clear an intrusion by an adversary in the Siachen Glacier area at an altitude of 21,000 feet. The post was virtually an impregnable glacier fortress with ice walls, 1500 feet high, on both sides. Naib Subedar Bana Singh led his men through an extremely difficult and hazardous route. He inspired them by his indomitable courage and leadership. The brave Naib Subedar and his men crawled and closed in on the adversary. Moving from trench to trench, lobbing hand grenades, and charging with the bayonet, he cleared the post all intruders.
Nb Subedar Bana Singh displayed the most conspicuous gallantry and leadership under the most adverse conditions”

…… and yet, we can see the apathy of the J&K government in honouring a Hero.

In an interview to Claude Arpi, 

CA: I understand that you had a good offer from the Punjab Government?

BanaSingh : The Punjab Government has a deep respect for the Indian Army. They have offered me Rs 25 lakhs and a monthly allowance of Rs 15,000 and a 25 acre plot if I accept to move to Punjab. But I refused.

CA: Why?

BS: Because I consider myself a State Subject of Jammu and Kashmir. My own State gives me Rs 160/month only as an allowance for having won the Param Vir Chakra, the highest bravery award. It is the way we are treated in Jammu and Kashmir.

Read the interview with this hero

and

A Brief sketch of his life and his heroic deeds 

 

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