Twenty five children
which include 12 girls and 13 boys have been selected for the National
Bravery Awards – 2016. Four of the Awards have been given posthumously.
The coveted Bharat Award has been conferred on 8 year old Late Km. Tarh
Peeju of Arunachal Pradesh, who sacrificed her life in an attempt to
save 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 both from West Bengal,
who showed immense courage in fearlessly helping the police and the 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 Master Sumit
Mamgain of Uttarakhand who displayed outstanding bravery in fighting a
leopard to save his cousin.
Late Km. Roluahpuii (13 years) of Mizoram, Master Tushar Verma (15
years) of Chhattisgarh and Late Km. H Lalhriatpuii (14 years) of Mizoram
have been given the Bapu Gaidhani Award. Late Km. Roluahpuii sacrificed
her life in her bold and selfless act of saving two girls from drowning.
Master Tushar Verma, risking his own life, extinguished a fire in his
neighbour’s shed and saved many cattle and Km. Lalhriatpuii sacrificed
her life in an effort to save her cousin in a car accident.
The other recipients are Master Praful Sharma (Himachal Pradesh), Master
Sonu Mali (Rajasthan), Km. Akshita Sharma, Master Akshit Sharma, Master
Naman (all from Delhi), Km. Anshika Pandey (Uttar Pradesh), Km. Nisha
Dilip Patil (Maharashtra), Km. Siya Vamansa Khode (Karnataka), Master
Moirangthem Sadananda Singh (Manipur), Master Binil Manjaly, Master
Adithyan M.P. Pillai, Master Akhil K. Shibu and Km. Badarunnisa K.P.
(all from Kerala), Master Tankeswar Pegu (Assam), Km. Neelam Dhruv (Chhattisgarh),
Master Thanghilmang Lunkim (Nagaland), Master Mohan Sethy (Odisha) and
Late Km. Payal Devi (Jammu&Kashmir).
The selection was made by a high powered committee comprising
representatives of various Ministries/Departments, non-governmental
organisations as well as office bearers of Indian Council for Child
The children will receive their Awards from the Prime Minister Shri
Narendra Modi on January 23, 2017 prior to Republic Day and thereafter
will participate in the parade. The awardees receive a medal,
certificate and cash.
The President Shri Pranab Mukherjee and several other dignitaries will
host receptions in their honour. Several States will organize functions
to honour them at the State level.
The National Bravery Award Scheme was initiated by the ICCW 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.
Eligible awardees will be granted financial assistance until they
complete their schooling. Some State Governments also provide financial
assistance to them. In addition, ICCW provides financial assistance
under its Indira Gandhi Scholarship Scheme to those undertaking
professional courses such as engineering and medicine. For the others,
this assistance is provided till they complete their graduation. The
Government of India has reserved some seats for the awardees in medical
and engineering colleges and polytechnics.
Since the inception of the scheme in 1957, the ICCW has given awards to
945 brave children which include 669 boys and 276 girls.