National Bravery Awards announced, Geeta Chopra Award goes to Mittal Patadiya of Gujarat
New Delhi, January 18, 2012
As many as 24 children from different parts of the country have been chosen for the National Bravery Awards for 2011 for outstanding deeds of bravery and meritorious service.
The awards will be presented to them by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh at a function here on the eve of Republic Day this year. Among the awardees eight are girls and 16 boys. Five awards will be given posthumously.
The prestigious Geeta Chopra Award will be conferred on 13-year-old Mittal Mahendrabhai Patadiya of Gujarat who faced armed miscreants and foiled a robbery attempt.
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 and landslide.
The Sanjay Chopra Award has been given to 12-year-old Om Prakash Yadav of Uttar Pradesh who saved his schoolmates from a burning van.
Late Adithya Gopal (14) of Arunachal Pradesh, Uma Shankar (14) of Delhi and Anjali Singh Gautam (15) of Chhattisgarh will get the Bapu Gaidhani Awards.
Adithya Gopal lost his life while trying to save his friend from drowning. Uma Shankar was instrumental in rescuing victims of a bus accident and helping them get medical aid while Anjali saved her younger brother in a Naxalite attack.
The other recipients are: Yandam Amara Uday Kiran and Suthrapu Shiva Prasad (Andhra Pradesh), Ranjan Pradhan and Sheetal Sadvi Saluja (Chhattisgarh), Divya Mansangbhai Chauhan (Gujarat), Sandesh P Hegde and Sindhushree B.A. (Karnataka), Mohammed Nishadh V.P., Anshif C.K. and Sahsad K (Kerala), Johnson Tourangbam and Kshetrimayum Rakesh Singh ( Manipur), Master C. Lalduhawma (Mizoram), Prasannta Shandilya (Odisha), Dungar Singh (Rajasthan), G. Parameswaran (Tamil Nadu), late Lovely Verma (Uttar Pradesh) and late 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.
The 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.