The Jammu and Kashmir government has announced that the image of NC founder and former chief minister ‘Sher-i-Kashmir’ Sheikh Abdullah embossed on the J&K Police medals for gallantry and meritorious service will be replaced with the Indian national emblem.
In order to this effect was issued by the home department.
The government had earlier renamed ‘Sher-i-Kashmir Police Medals’ as ‘Jammu and Kashmir Police Medals’.
“It is hereby ordered that in modification to the Para 4 of the Jammu & Kashmir Police Medal Scheme, the Sher-i-Kashmir Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah embossed on one side of the medal shall be replaced with the National Emblem of Government of India and the other side inscribed with the J&K State Emblem shall be inscribed as ‘Jammu and Kashmir Police Medal for Gallantry’ and ‘Jammu and Kashmir Police Medal for Meritorious Service’ in case of Gallantry/Meritorious Medal, as the case may be,” Financial Commissioner and Additional Chief Secretary Raj Kumar Goyal said in the latest order.
In another order issued on January 25, the General Administration Department had said the nomenclature of ‘Sher-i-Kashmir Police Medals’ has been changed to ‘Jammu and Kashmir Police Medals’. The January order came days after the government cancelled the holiday on the birth anniversary of Sheikh Abdullah, popularly called ‘Sher-i-Kashmir’ by his followers.
The police medals were instituted in 2001 and are given on New Year, Republic Day and Independence Day in two categories — gallantry and meritorious.