New Delhi: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh
on Saturday honoured 23 children, including two posthumously, with
Bravery Awards and said such acts of courage were a source of
inspiration to everybody.
"The whole country is proud of you and has high hopes
from you. I have no hesitation in saying that with such brave
children, the future of this country is secure," Singh said,
while conferring the award here today.
Referring to the awards given posthumously to two
children, he conveyed to their relatives that their acts would
not go waste.
"Their sacrifice will become an example of bravery
which will give strength to others to emulate," he told the
children in the presence of
Congress President Sonia Gandhi, Women and Child
Development Minister Krishna Tirath and the prime minister`s
wife Gursharan Kaur were among those present on the occasion.
Singh made a special mention of a girl from West
Bengal, who stood up against the atrocities being committed by
The Prime Minister also lauded the efforts of Indian
Council of Child Welfare for its work.
This year, the prestigious `Geeta Chopra Award` has
been conferred on 14-year-old Kumari Jismi P M of Kerala, who
displayed outstanding courage by saving two children from
The `Sanjay Chopra award` has been conferred on
11-year-old Master Priyanshu Joshi of Uttarakhand who saved
his sister from a leopard.
The children will participate in the Republic Day