PM to give away national bravery awards to 25 children

New Delhi, Jan.18 (ANI): Prime Minister Manmohan Singh will confer National Bravery awards on 25 children this year on the eve of Republic Day. Among the awardees, nine are girls. Five awards will be given posthumously.

Announcing this at a press conference organised at Indian Council for Child Welfare, Gita Siddhartha, President, ICCW, said the coveted Bharat Award has been conferred on eight-and-a-half-year-old Kumari Mahika Gupta of Delhi who saved her brother from floods at Kedarnath in Uttarakhand last year.

The prestigious Geeta Chopra Award has been conferred to 16-year-old Kumari Maleka Singh Tak of Rajasthan who displayed rare grit and determination in fighting off her molesters.

The Sanjay Chopra Award has been given to 17-year-old Master Shubam Santosh Chaudari of Maharashtra who saved two children when their school van caught fire.

Master Sanjay Navasu Sutar (17-1/2-years) of Maharashtra, Master Akshay Jairam Roj (13 years) of Maharashtra, Late Kum. Mausmi Kashyap (11 years) of Uttar Pradesh and Late Master Aryan Raj Shukla (14 years) of Uttar Pradesh have been given the Bapu Gaidhani Awards. Master Akshay Rairam Roj and Master Sanjay Navasu Sutar displayed outstanding courage in fighting a leopard. Late Kumari Mausmi Kashyap and Later Master Aryan Raj Shukla sacrificed their lives while trying to save others from drowning.

Other recipients are Kumari Shilpa Sharma (Himachal Pradesh), Master Sagar Kashyap (New Delhi), Master Abhishek Ekka (Chattisgarh), Master S.S. Manoj (Karnataka), Master Subin Mathew, Master Akhil Biju and Master Yadhukrishnan V. S. (all from Kerala), Master Saurbh Chandel (Madhya Pradesh), Kumari Tanvi Nandkumar Ovhal and Master Rohit Ravi Janmanchi (Maharashtra), Master Kangleinganba Kshetrimayum, Kumari Kharibam Gunichand Devi and Later Master M. Khayingthei (all from Manipur), Master Vanlalhruaia, Kumari Remlalhruaitluangi, late Kumari Malsawmtluangi and Kumari Hani Ngurdinthari (all from Mizoram) and Late Master L. Manio Chachei (Nagaland).

The children will participate in this year's Republic Day Parade. The awardees will receive a medal, certificate and cash. Recipients will also be granted financial assistance until they complete their schooling.

President Pranab Mukherjee and several other dignitaries,including Defence Minister A.K.Antony will host a reception in their honour. Several states too will organise functions to honour them at the state Level.

Since the inception of the scheme in 1957, the Indian Council for Child Welfare has given awards to 871 brave children, including 618 boys and 253 girls. (ANI)