Bhubaneswar: Two boys from Odisha received Pradhan Mantri Rashtriya Bal Puraskar 2019 from President Ram Nath Kovind at Rashtrapati Bhawan on Tuesday.
Naisargik Lenka of Odisha bagged the Bal Shakti Puraskar for his excellence in the field of innovation while Ayushman Tripathy received the award in scholastic category.
A total of 26 children, two individuals and three institutions were conferred Pradhan Mantri Rashtriya Bal Puraskar– the revamped award scheme of the Ministry of Women and Child Development today.
The Pradhan Mantri Rashtriya Bal Puraskar is being given in two categories from now on. Twenty six children were awarded in the category Bal Shakti Puraskar (earlier known as National Child Award) under various fields like Innovation, Social Service, Scholastic, Sports, Art & Culture and Bravery.
The bravery award has been the latest addition of the Ministry to the scheme. Each award carries a medal, a cash prize of Rs 1 lakh, book vouchers worth Rs 10,000, a certificate and a citation. These children will participate in the Republic day parade on 26.1.2019.
Two individuals and three Institutions were awarded in the Category of Bal Kalyan Puraskar(earlier known as National Child Welfare Award) . The award for individual consists of a cash prize of Rs. 1, 00,000/- (one lakh), a medal, a citation and a certificate to each awardee. The award for institution consists of a prize of Rs. 5,00,000/- each and a medal, a citation and a certificate.
The awardees were selected from a total of 900 applications received through a special portal created for the purpose. The winners were selected through a rigorous process of critical analysis by a committee comprising of experts from varied disciplines like Sociology, Psychology, Mathematics, Science, Art, Music, Sports etc. The final selection was made by the National Selection Committee; under the chairpersonship of the Hon’ble Minister, WCD.