The President of India, Shri Ram Nath Kovind, presented the Pradhan Mantri Rashtriya Bal Puraskar 2019 today (January 22, 2019) at Rashtrapati Bhavan in presence of Smt Maneka Sanjay Gandhi, Union Minister for Women and Child Development and other dignitaries.
Master Nikhil Dayanand Jituri of Belagavi born on 16th October 2000, has exhibited extreme heroism and commendable courage. He saved the life of a two year old child who accidentally fell in a 150 feet deep open well with around 15 feet of water.
He jumped into the well without any hesitation and picked up the baby which was lying upside down, pumped water out of the baby’s stomach and sent the baby back in a bucket, before coming out himself.
Nikhil has been awarded the Bal Shakti Puraskar 2019 for his excellence in the field of Bravery. The award for an individual consists of a cash prize of Rs. 1, 00,000/- (one lakh), a medal, a citation and a certificate to each awardee.
The awards will be given to 26 shortlisted awardees including one joint award for National Child Award (now renamed as Bal Shakti Puraskar) under the category of innovation, scholastic, sports, arts & culture, social service and bravery. A total of 783 applications were received for the Baal Shakti Puruskar this year. 2 individuals and 3 institutions will also be awarded under National Child Welfare Awards category (now renamed as BalKalyanPuraskar). The names of awardees were finalized by the National Selection Committee under the Chairpersonship of WCD Minister, Smt Maneka Sanjay Gandhi.
The Ministry of Women and Child Development, Government of India has introduced a revamped award scheme under the name of “Pradhan Mantri National Children Awards”. These awards will be given in two main categories. Bravery Awards have also been added to these awards now. The categories are as follows:
1) Bal Shakti Puraskar (erstwhile known as National Child Award)
2) Bal Kalyan Puraskar(erstwhile known as National Child Welfare Award).