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Young braveheart yet to get aid even after PM, Prez assurance

Last Updated: Wednesday, August 12, 2009 - 13:15

New Delhi: A 15-year-old winner of
President`s bravery award, who comes from a Below Poverty Line
(BPL) family in Rajasthan, has been running from pillar to
post for monetary assistance even after recommendations from
both the Prime Minster`s Office and the President.

Taking into consideration the brave acts of Yogesh Kumar
Jangid, a resident of Karauli district, the PMO wrote to the
state Chief Secretary on April 16 this year to take an
"appropriate action".

After the President`s award last year, his merit was
again appreciated by the first citizen of the country when his
father was invited to the Rashtrapati Bhavan in January this
year and a recommendation to help the family was subsequently
sent to the state government.

"The district collector wrote in his letter to the state
deputy secretary that though our financial condition is bad,
but there are no funds available with him to help us,"
Jangid`s father Prakash Chandra Sharma said, adding that "I
have knocked several times on the doors of district and state
government authorities but nothing happened."

The District Collector in his letter of June 22 to the
Deputy Secretary of the state had said that the condition of
Jangid`s family was "pitiable" and that monetary assistance is

When contacted, Rajasthan Chief Secretary Kushal Singh
said she would "enquire into the matter" for reasons of
non-grant of required aid to Jangid and his family.

Jangid, who says he does not "fear dangers" had saved
many lives and has been decorated with a host of awards,
including Ghanshyam Binani children bravery award in 2005, and
also received a host of citations from senior police officials
praising his "bravery and intelligence in times of crisis".

In 2003, when he was just nine-year-old, Jangid saved a
young girl from a raging fire, for which he was awarded by the
then Rajasthan Governor Madan Lal Khurana, who described his
act as "brave and courageous".

The lone son of a freelance writer, Jangid repeated his
bravado in July 2004 when he saved a boy from drowning in a
canal. In 2006, he saved his classmate Anita from a marauding
Hyena when she went to collect woods from a nearby forest in
Karauli district.

Last year on June 24 he again saved four children from
drowning in Kalisil river in his district.

A student of class eleven, Jangid always secured first
division marks all through his academic career. He wants to
become a police officer and desires to avail the facilities of
good teaching institutions.

"My family cannot afford my education in a good school. I
have been a good student and I want to become a police
officer. I am confident that if given a chance, I can do
better," Jangid, who won the President`s Uttam Jeevan Raksha
Padak, said.

Bureau Report

First Published: Wednesday, August 12, 2009 - 13:15

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