Sarvottam Jeevan Raksha Padak
Awarded to civilians to recognize acts of lifesaving, including cases of drowning, fire, or mine accidents "for conspicuous courage under circumstances of very great danger to the life of the rescue." The only cases in which members of the armed forces, police, or fire services can be awarded the medal is when such acts take place outside the course of their duty. The medal may be awarded posthumously and subsequent awards are recognized by the addition of a bar to the medal ribbon.
Like many other Indian awards, the Sarvottam Jeevan Rakash Padak was originally established as a part of a three-class decoration, the Jeevan Rakash Padak in 1961. The first class of this award was renamed at the Sarvottam Jeevan Raksha Padak in 19??.
Established: By the President of India, 30 September 1961, as the "Jeevan Raksha Padak, Class I." Statutes revised and decoration renamed ???.
Obverse: A 58-mm circular gold medal with, in the center, a hand in the Abhai Mudra and, above "Ma Bhai" and below "???" or "Jevan Rakash Padak" (1961-19??) or "???" "Sarvottam Jeevan Rakash Padak" (after 19??).
Reverse: The state emblem.
Ribbon: 32 mm red with light blue edge stripes and a green center stripe; 4 mm light blue, ?? mm red, 1 mm green, ?? mm red, 4 mm light blue. These colors are said to symbolize fire (red), water (blue), and life (green).