Param Vir Chakra medal image shared as Khel Ratna Award by politicians, media

News Claim: An image shared by many political leaders and Media houses where the image of Param Vir Chakra was shared as Khel Ratna Award on social media.

Viral message on WhatsApp today & other Social Media: Recently the PM’s office announced the renaming of the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award to The Major Dhyanchand Khel Ratna Award. However, the medal used in the image turned out to be one used for the Khel Ratna and not for the  Dhyanchand Khel Ratna Award.  

Khel Ratna Award has now been renamed as Major Dhyan Chand Khel Ratna Award as a mark of tribute to the Indian legend. Thank you, Prime Minister Shri @narendramodi ji for supporting the idea of millions of Indians.



खेल रत्न पुरस्कार को अब "मेजर ध्यानचंद खेल रत्न" पुरस्कार के नाम से जाना जावेगा।

मेजर ध्यानचंद जी को हॉकी का जादूगर भी कहा जाता है।

देशवासियों के आग्रह को प्रधानमंत्री श्री नरेंद्र मोदी जी ने स्वीकार कर की इसकी घोषणा।

माननीय प्रधानमंत्री श्री @narendramodi जी का हृदय से आभार।



News Verification: Prime minister Narendra Modi on Aug 6 stated that “I have been getting many requests from citizens across India to name the Khel Ratna Award after Major Dhyan Chand. I thank them for their views. Respecting their sentiment, the Khel Ratna Award will hereby be called the Major Dhyan Chand Khel Ratna Award!

Jai Hind!”

Many political leaders felled to the false image shared on social media.

The truth about the image.

The medal used in the above post is of the highest gallantry award – Param Vir Chakra and not the Khel Ratna award.


Param Vir Chakra (PVC)

Param Vir Chakra (PVC) is the highest gallantry award for officers and other enlisted personnel of all military branches of India for the highest degree of valour in the presence of the enemy. Introduced on 26th January 1950, this award may be given posthumously.

As per Indian army, Awarded for most conspicuous bravery or some daring or pre-eminent act of valour or self-sacrifice, in the presence of the enemy, whether on land, at sea, or in the air. The decoration may be awarded posthumously.


The Major Dhyan Chand Khel Ratna

The Major Dhyan Chand Khel Ratna Award in Sports and Games (Hindi pronunciation, formerly known as Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award in Sports and Games, is the highest sporting honour of the Republic of India. It is awarded annually by the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports. The recipient(s) is/are selected by a committee constituted by the Ministry and is honoured for their "spectacular and most outstanding performance in the field of sports over a period of four years" at the international level. As of 2020, the award comprises a medallion, a certificate, and a cash prize of ₹25 lakh


News verdict: False, the medal is Param Vir Chakra and not Khel Ratna Award.


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