National Awards Act

National Awards Regulations 1993

[GN 26 of 1993 – 26 February 1993] [Section 13]

1. These regulations may be cited as the National Awards Regulations 1993.

2. In these regulations –

"Act" means the National Awards Act.

3. A national award may be conferred on a citizen of Mauritius, or foreign national, who satisfies the eligibility criteria specified in the First Schedule.

4. Save in exceptional circumstances, the number of national awards conferred in each category shall not in any year exceed the number specified in the First Schedule.

5. Any person who is in receipt of a national award –

(a) may use after his name the abbreviation specified in the First Schedule;

(b) shall wear the award in the manner specified in the Second Schedule.

6. The form, design, specifications and style of a national award shall be as set out in the Second Schedule.

7. The general order of precedence of the national awards shall be as follows –

Grand Commander of the Order of the Star and Key of the Indian Ocean;

Grand Officer of the Order of the Star and Key of the Indian Ocean;

Commander of the Order of the Star and Key of the Indian Ocean;

Officer of the Order of the Star and Key of the Indian Ocean;

President's Distinguished Service Medal;

Member of the Order of the Star and Key of the Indian Ocean;

President's Meritorious Service Medal;

President's Long Service and Good Conduct Medal;

President's Badge of Honour;

President's Certificate of Honour.

8. The name of every person upon whom a national award is conferred under the Act shall –

(a) be entered in a register kept for that purpose;

(b) be published in the Gazette.

9. A sealed specimen of every national award shall be deposited with the Head of the Civil Service and kept in safe custody.

10. Where the honour of Grand Commander of the Order of the Star and Key of the Indian Ocean is conferred on the President under section 6 of the Act, the award shall be presented by the Chief Justice at such time and place as the President may decide.

11. Where a national award is conferred posthumously, the award shall be presented to a member of the family of the deceased recipient.

12. The recipient of the President's Long Service and Good Conduct Medal shall receive a cash allowance –

(a) in the case of the Medal, of 500 rupees;

(b) in the case of the First Clasp, of 750 rupees;

(c) in the case of the Second Clasp, of 1,000 rupees.

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FIRST SCHEDULE

[Regulations 3, 4 and 5]

1. Grand Commander of the order of the star and key of the Indian Ocean

Abbreviation – G.C.S.K.

Number of awards – not applicable

Eligibility criteria

This award shall be conferred in recognition of public service of the highest order and for exceptional service in the field of literature, art and science.

2. Grand Officer of the order of the star and key of the Indian Ocean

Abbreviation – G.O.S.K.

Number of awards – not applicable

Eligibility criteria

This award shall be conferred –

(a) for exceptional and distinguished service in any field, including service by public officers;

(b) on senior and long-serving politicians.

3. Commander of the order of the star and key of the Indian Ocean

Abbreviation – C.S.K.

Number of awards – 8

Eligibility criteria

This award shall be conferred for distinguished service of a high order in any field, including service by –

(a) prominent non-officials with a long and outstanding record of service, including service in the political field;

(b) leading members of the community in business or the professions;

(c) most prominent officials of the rank of Permanent Secretary and above, with a record of outstanding service, including service in the diplomatic field.

4. Officer of the order of the star and key of the Indian Ocean

Abbreviation – O.S.K.

Number of awards – 15

Eligibility criteria

This award shall be conferred –

(a) for distinguished service to the community or social work over a number of years by persons of lesser standing than those eligible for the higher awards of the Order;

(b) in recognition of outstanding or highly commendable service by senior public officers, and distinguished service by heads of parastatal bodies.

5. Member of the order of the star and key of the Indian Ocean

Abbreviation – M.S.K.

Number of awards – 20

Eligibility criteria

This award shall be conferred in recognition of –

(a) long or dedicated service to the community, and for remarkable contribution in various fields of activity, such as social work, sports, culture, etc;

(b) outstanding services of administrative, executive, professional, scientific, technical and other grades of staff.

6. President's Distinguished Service Medal

Abbreviation – P.D.S.M.

Number of awards – 8

Eligibility criteria

This award shall be conferred in recognition of distinguished service by –

(a) public officers of senior rank, including Heads of Department, and the upper ranks in the police service, including the Special Mobile Force, the Prisons Service and the Mauritius Fire and Rescu

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