The National Bravery Awards programme gives due recognition to children who distinguish themselves by performing outstanding deeds of bravery and seeks to inspire other children to emulate their example. The deed should be "an act of spontaneous selfless service in.the face of risk to life or threat of physical injury and or an act of courage and daring against a social evil/crime". An instance of courage in 1957 was the genesis of the National Bravery Awards.
On February 4th, 1958 the then Prime Minister Nehru presented the very first Awards for courage and service to two children. Since then Indian Council for Child Welfare (ICCW) confers national awards on children every year.
Nominations are invited through State/Union Territory Councils of ICCW, various Departments of the State Government including Director Generals and Commissioners of Police of States and Union Territories.
Nominations are received in the prescribed Application Form which can be obtained from ICCW Office, New Delhi. The Application should be recommended by two of the listed Competent Authorities. The form is to be accompanied by the following
The child should not be below 6 years and above 18 years of age on the date of the incident.
Incidents which have occurred between July 1 of the previous year and June 30 of the present year are considered for the present year awards. The Selection Committee, may at its discretion, relax the date by a maximum period of three months prior to July 1.
The selection is made by a high powered Committee constituted by ICCW comprising representatives from Secretariats of the President of India, Vice-President of India, Ministries of Human Resource Development, Women & Child Development, Youth Affairs & Sports, Social Justice & Empowerment, Health & Family Welfare, Railways, Defence, Home Affairs, Labour, Rural Development, Information & Broadcasting, AIR, Doordarshan, Police, some NGOs, Office-Bearers and members of the Council. Applications once rejected will not be entertained again.
The Awardees receive a medal, a certificate and cash award. Gifts are given by philanthropic organizations.
Additional Benefits: Eligible awardees are granted assistance until they complete their schooling. ICCW provides financial assistance under its Indira Gandhi Scholarship Scheme to those undertaking professional courses such as engineering and medicine and to others till they complete their graduation. The Government of India has reserved some seats for the awardees in medical and engineering colleges and polytechnics.
Source : Indian Council for Child Welfare
Eighteen children, including seven girls have been selected for the National Bravery Awards 2017. Three of the bravehearts are being awarded posthumously.
The coveted Bharat Award is being conferred on 18 year old Km. Nazia of Uttar Pradesh who raised her voice against the illegal gambling and betting, which have been rampant for decades in her neighbourhood. She courageously faced and endured threats to her life but did not give up her fight.
The prestigious Geeta Chopra Award is being conferred on 14 year old Late Km. Netravati M. Chavan of Karnataka who sacrificed her life in an attempt to save two boys from drowning.
The Sanjay Chopra Award is being given to 17½ year old Master Karanbeer Singh of Punjab who rescued several precious lives from death with his tireless efforts and indomitable courage.
Master Betshwajohn Peinlang (14 years) of Meghalaya, Km. Mamata Dalai (7 ½ years) of Odisha, and Master Sebastian Vincent (13½ years) of Kerala are being given the Bapu Gaidhani Awards. Betshwajohn with his fearless act of bravery saved his brother from being burned alive. Mamata Dalai dragged her friend from a crocodile's jaws with her valourous and bold action. Sebastian bravely and fearlessly saved his friend's life from an inevitable mishap on a railway track.
The other recipients are Km. Laxmi Yadav (Chhattisgarh), Km. Mansha N, Master N. Shangpon Konyak, Master Yoaknei, Master Chingai Wangsa (all from Nagaland), Km. Samridhi Sushil Sharma (Gujarat), Master Zonuntluanga, Late Master F. Lalchhandama (both from Mizoram), Master Pankaj Semwal (Uttarakhand), Master Nadaf Ejaj Abdul Rauf (Maharashtra), Late Km. Loukrakpam Rajeshwori Chanu (Manipur) and Master Pankaj Kumar Mahanta (Odisha).
Source : PIB