New Delhi: Twenty-four young bravehearts
were honoured with National Awards for Bravery by Prime
Minister Manmohan Singh for their acts of courage and
Singh gave away the Awards, five of them posthumously, at
a function at his official residence attended by a large
number of school children.
Adithya Gopal from Arunachal Pradesh, Kapil Negi from
Uttarakhand, Saudhita Barman from West Bengal, Lovely Verma
from Uttar Pradesh and C Lalduhawma from Mizoram were the
Nineteen other children, including eight girls received
the awards from Singh at the function also attended by
Gursharan Kaur, Congress President Sonia Gandhi and Women and
Child Development Minister Krishna Tirath.
"I would like to congratulate all the children who have
received the awards today. I am surprised to hear about your
acts of bravery," Singh said.
The prime minister offered tributes to five bravehearts
who gave their lives while helping others.
"The examples set by these children by their brave acts
will continue to inspire others," he said.
Singh also assured all possible help to Om Prakash Yadav,
who suffered burn injuries while rescuing his co-students when
their school van caught fire in Uttar Pradesh in 2010.
Likewise, the prime minister also assured help to Sandesh
Hegde, a deaf youngster, who saved the life of a girl who was
drowning in a river in Siddapur taluk of Karnataka.
"Children are the future of our country. Hence, it is our
foremost duty to ensure each child in the country is healthy,
gets good schooling and childhood is full of joy," he said.
Students from the National Bal Bhawan -- Sai Likhita,
Ramya, Suneeta and Shreshtha were among those who performed a
cultural programme on the occasion.