The award is given for act of physical / moral courage and humanity exhibited by members of one community in saving the lives and properties of the members of another community during communal riots.
Eligibility: As per G.O.Ms.No.962, Public (General-I) Department, dated 02.09.1996, any Indian citizen residing in Tamil Nadu from all walks of life (other than members of the Armed Forces, Police Forces and Members of recognised Fire Services, Government Servants, if the act performed by them falls in the sphere of their duty).
The Award shall be in three Grades and Certificate with suitable citation as detailed below:-
Carrying a cash certificate of Rs.20,000/- for most conspicuous act of physical / moral courage displayed under circumstances of very great danger to the lift of rescuer, or an act resulting in death or the permanent incapacitation of the rescuer / his or her family member(s) in saving life and property of member(s) of another community.
Carrying a cash certificate of Rs.10,000/- for conspicuous act of physical / moral courage or promptitude under circumstances of danger to the life of the rescuer resulting in bodily injury in saving life and property of members of another community.
Carrying a cash certificate of Rs.5,000/- for act of physical / moral courage and promptitude in saving life and property of members of another community.
The names of awardees will be published in the Government Gazette.
The awardees will be selected by the Selection Committee set up for this purpose and the awardees will be decided by them depending upon the merits of the case based on the recommendations made by the District Collectors.
The recommendations of the District Collectors for the awards will be placed before the Selection Committee.
The award (Cash award and certificate) will be presented to the awardee by the Chief Minister during the Republic Day Celebrations at Marina on 26th January every year.