NEW DELHI(ANI): Prime Minister Modi further said this one incident of bravery should be a stepping stone towards a lifetime of such incidents.
Twenty-five children, three girls and 22 boys, two posthumously, have been selected for the award from across the country for their extraordinary acts of bravery.
The National Awards for Bravery was initiated by the Indian Council of Child Welfare (ICCW) to give due recognition to children who distinguish themselves by their outstanding deeds of bravery and inspire other children to emulate them.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi felicitates children who have won National Bravery Awards 2015. pic.twitter.com/XyWrKQQBYk
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15-year-old Gaurav Kawduji Sahastrabuddhe from Maharashtra, who sacrificed his life while saving his four friends, and 24 other young bravehearts will be given the National Bravery Awards this year for their extraordinary courageous feats.
Sahastrabuddhe will be awarded with ‘Bharat Award’, the highest of the National Bravery awards, which his parents will receive on his behalf along with the parents of 13-year-old Shivansh Singh, also to be awarded posthumously for sacrificing his life in a valiant effort to save his friend from drowning in Saryu river.
The prestigious Geeta Chopra award will be given to 8-year-old Shivampet Ruchitha of Telangana who displayed exemplary valour in saving two lives when a train hit her school bus, while 16-year-old Arjun Singh will be awarded with Sanjay Chopra Award for displaying outstanding bravery in fighting a tiger to save his mother.
The children will receive their awards from Prime Minister Narendra Modi on January 24 and will also participate in Republic Day parade.
Ramdinthara (15) of Mizoram, who saved two persons from electrocution will be awarded with Bapu Gaidhani Award, along with Rakeshbhai Shanabhai Patel (13) of Gujarat and Aromal SM (12) from Kerala.
While Rakeshbhai saved a boy who accidentally fell into a deep well, Aromal rescued two ladies from drowning.
The other recipients of the bravery awards include Kashish Dhanani (Gujarat), Maurice Yengkhom and Chongtham Kuber Meitei from Manipur, Angelica Tynsong (Meghalaya), Sai Krishna Akhil Kilambi (Telanagna), Joena Chakbraborty and Sarwanand Saha (Chhatisgarh), Dishant Mehndiratta (Haryana), Beedhovan, Nithin Philip Mathew, Abhijit KV, Anandu Dillep, Muhammad Shamnad (all from Kerala), Mohit Mahdenrda Dalvi, Nilesh Revaram Bhil, Vaibhav Ramesh Ghangare (all from Maharashtra), Abinash Mishra (Odisha) and Bhimsen from Uttar Pradesh.
The awardees were selected by a high powered committee comprising representatives of various Ministries and NGOs.
The National Bravery Award Scheme was initiated by the Indian Council for Child Welfare (ICCW) to give due recognition to the children who distinguish themselves by performing outstanding deeds of bravery and meritorious service. The bravehearts will receive a medal, certificate and cash.
The Bharat Award winner gets Rs 50,000, the Geeta Chopra Award winner Rs 40,000, Sanjay Chopra Award Rs 29,000 followed by three Bapu Gaidhani awardees who get Rs 24,000 each. All other bravery award winners get Rs 20,000 each.
“The awardees will be granted financial assistance until they complete their schooling. Some state governments also provide financial assistance to them. In addition, ICCW provides assistance under its Indira Gandhi Scholarship Scheme to those undertaking professional courses such as engineering and medicine,” said Gita Siddhartha, President, ICCW.
It was in 1957 that two children-a boy and a girl were first rewarded for their presence of mind and courage.
Since the inception of the scheme then, the ICCW has given the awards, which carries a citation and cash, to 920 children– 656 boys and 264 girls.