23 January, New Delhi
Prime Minister Narendra Modi Monday gave away National Bravery Awards to twenty five children, including 13 girls, at his residence in New Delhi. Four of the awards were given posthumously.
Addressing the awardees, the Prime Minister appealed to the children to be familiar with every corner of the country to realize the dream of Ek Bharat Shreshtha Bharat. Mr Modi said, they should consider their achievements as a beginning and not the end. He also asked the children to adopt the habit of reading.
The coveted Bharat award has been conferred on 8 year old Late Kumari Tarh Peju of Arunachal Pradesh, who sacrificed her life while saving two of her friends from drowning.
The prestigious Geeta Chopra award has been conferred on 18 year old Tejasweeta Pradhan and 17 year old Shivani Gond of West Bengal who showed immense courage by helping police and NGO in uncovering an international sex racket leading to the arrest of the mastermind in Delhi.
The Sanjay Chopra award has been given to 15 year old Sumit Mamgain of Uttarakhand who displayed outstanding bravery in fighting a leopard to save his cousin. The children will participate in the Republic Day parade. President Pranab Mukherjee will host reception in their honour.
The awardees receive a medal, certificate and cash. The Indian Council for Child Welfare has given awards to 945 brave children which include 669 boys and 276 girls, since the inception of the National Bravery Award Scheme.