NATIONAL BRAVERY AWARDS
Wednesday, 18 Jan, 2012
Twenty four children from different parts of the country
will receive the National Bravery Awards for 2011 from the Prime Minister, Dr
Manmohan Singh at a function in New Delhi on the eve of Republic Day this year.
Among the awardees eight are girls and sixteen are boys. Five Awards will be
The prestigious Geeta Chopra Award will be conferred on 13
year old Km. Mittal Mahendrabhai Patadiya of Gujarat who faced armed miscreants
and foiled a robbery attempt.
Master Kapil Singh Negi of Uttarakhand will get the coveted
Bharat Award posthumously. The 15-year-old-boy sacrificed his life while helping
his younger schoolmates to cross an over-flooded stream on a day of heavy rain
The Sanjay Chopra Award has been given to 12½-year-old Master
Om Prakash Yadav of Uttar Pradesh who saved his schoolmates from a burning van.
Late Master Adithya Gopal (14 years) of Arunachal Pradesh,
Master Uma Shankar (14 years) of Delhi and Km. Anjali Singh Gautam (15 years)
of Chhattisgarh will get the Bapu Gaidhani Awards. Late Master Adithya Gopal
lost his life while trying to save his friend from drowning. Master Uma Shankar
was instrumental in rescuing victims of a bus accident and helping them get
medical aid while Km. Anjali Singh Gautam saved her younger brother in a Naxalite
The other recipients are: Master Yandam Amara Uday Kiran
and Master Suthrapu Shiva Prasad (Andhra Pradesh), Master Ranjan Pradhan and
Km. Sheetal Sadvi Saluja (Chhattisgarh), Km. Divyaben Mansangbhai Chauhan (Gujarat),
Master Sandesh P Hegde and Km. Sindhushree B.A. (Karnataka), Master Mohammed
Nishadh V.P., Master Anshif C.K. and Master Sahsad K (Kerala), Master Johnson
Tourangbam and Master Kshetrimayum Rakesh Singh ( Manipur), Late Master C. Lalduhawma
(Mizoram), Km. Prasannta Shandilya (Odisha), Master Dungar Singh (Rajasthan),
Master G. Parameswaran (Tamil Nadu), Late Km. Lovely Verma (Uttar Pradesh) and
Late Km. Saudhita Barman (West Bengal).
The National Bravery Award Scheme was initiated by the Indian
Council for Child Welfare to give due recognition to the children who distinguish
themselves by performing outstanding deeds of bravery and meritorious service
and to inspire other children to emulate their example. Children will get a
medal, certificate and cash under the scheme and awardees will be granted financial
assistance until they complete their schooling. The Government has reserved
some seats for the awardees in medical and engineering colleges and polytechnics.