Awarded to civilians to recognize acts of lifesaving, including cases of drowning, fire, or mine accidents "for courage and promptitude 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 Uttam Jeevan Rakash Padak was originally established as a part of a three-class decoration, the Jeevan Rakash Padak in 1961. The second class of this award was renamed at the Uttam Jeevan Raksha Padak in 19??.
Established: By the President of India, 30 September 1961, as the "Jeevan Raksha Padak, Class II." Statutes revised and decoration renamed ???.
Obverse: A 58-mm circular silver medal with, in the center, a hand in the Abhai Mudra and, above "Ma Bhai" and below "???" or "Jevan Rakash Padak" (1961-19??) or "???" "Uttam Jeevan Rakash Padak" (after 19??).
Reverse: The state emblem.
Ribbon: 32 mm red with light blue edge stripes and two green center stripes; 4 mm light blue, ?? mm red, 1 mm green, 4 mm red, 1 mm green, ?? mm red, 4 mm light blue. These colors are said to symbolize fire (red), water (blue), and life (green).