New Delhi, Jan 20: General Bipin Rawat, COAS, felicitated the awardees of National Bravery Award for year 2016 at South Block yesterday. The awardees included 25 children (11 girls and 14 boys including 4 posthumous awardees) from states across the country. The awardees were involved in a wide range of acts of bravery spanning from rescue acts, uncovering international sex racket, actions against anti social elements, amongst others.
Interacting with the children, the Army Chief exhorted them to continue doing well in life, work hard and be a role model for others. Many of the children expressed their desire to join Army.
The National Bravery Award Scheme was initiated by the Indian Council of Child Welfare (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. The Awardees are invited to Delhi and receive their awards from the Hon’ble Prime Minister of India on the eve of Republic Day. The children will also take part in the Republic Day Parade.
Since the inception of the scheme in 1957, the Indian Council for Child Welfare has given awards to 945 brave children ( 669 boys and 276 Girls). It was in 1957 that two children, a boy and a girl, were first awarded for their presence of mind and courage. Since then ICCW decided to confer national awards on children every year. Applications for the awards are received from various sources such as central, State Government Departments, Panchayats, Zila Panchayats, Police Departments, School authorities as well as State and Union Territory Councils for Child Welfare.