President Kovind presents National Child Awards to 16 children

President Ram Nath Kovind presented the National Child Awards to 16 children on the occasion of Children’s Day at a function at Rashtrapati Bhavan here today.
The National Child Awards include the National Child Awards for Exceptional Achievement that give recognition to children with exceptional abilities and outstanding achievements in the fields of innovation, scholastic achievements, sports, arts, culture, social service and music; National Awards for Child Welfare to institutions and individuals for their outstanding work in the field of child welfare; and the Rajiv Gandhi Manav Seva Awards to individuals for their outstanding contribution towards service for children.
In a message sent to the Ministry of Women and Child Development on the occasion of the Children’s Day, the President said, “Children are the future of our country. We must make every effort to ensure their welfare. We should also make all possible efforts to ensure that children in our country have a safe and happy childhood. Every child is a bud waiting to blossom. By awarding children, we recognise and encourage their talent and potential for nation building. We should also recognise the significant contribution of individuals and institutions who work for causes related to children.”
Later in the day, the President celebrated Children’s Day with children from various schools and institutions at Rashtrapati Bhavan.
Out of the 16 children honoured today, one received a gold medal and 15 were given silver medals. The National Award for Child Welfare was conferred on three individuals and five institutions. The Rajiv Gandhi Manav Seva Award was conferred on three individuals.
The National Child Awards for Exceptional Achievement are given to recognize children with exceptional abilities in fields such as academics, culture, arts, sports, music, and so on. Children in the age group of 5-18 years are eligible for the award. The child with the most outstanding achievement is honoured with a cash prize of Rs.20,000, a certificate/citation and a gold medal. Fifteen children were honoured with a cash prize of Rs. 10,000, a certificate/citation and a Silver Medal each for this year. The gold and silver awardees are also given book voucher of Rs. 10,000 and Rs.3,000, respectively since 2015.
The awards for the year 2017 were given to the following 16 children:
1.   Master Akash Manoj -- Tamil Nadu -- Krishnagiri -- Innovation 
2.   Master Shahil Dey -- Assam -- Kamrup -- Sports (Chess)
3.   Master Shresth Agrawal -- Chhattisgarh -- Raipur -- Innovation
4.   Master Nishant Abhangi -- Gujarat -- Rajkot -- Academics
5.   Master Jaysheel Buddhadeo -- Haryana -- Gurgaon -- Music
6.   Kumari Zaira Wasim -- Jammu and Kashmir -- Jammu -- Art
7.   Kumari  Nikhiya Shamsher -- Karnataka -- Bengaluru -- Social Service
8.   Master Swasthik Padma -- Karnataka -- Dakshina Kannada -- Innovation
9.   Master Floyd Emmanuel Libera -- Kerala -- Ernakulam -- Music
10. Master Rishabh Garg -- Madhya Pradesh -- Bhopal -- Innovation
11. Master Jaisal Shah -- Maharashtra -- Mumbai -- Sports(Chess)
12. Kumari Labdhi Surana -- Rajasthan -- Udaipur -- Sports (Roller Skating)
13. Master Krishna Pandit -- Uttar Pradesh -- Gautam Buddh Nagar -- Innovation
14. Kumari Saniya Subash -- Andaman and Nicobar Islands -- South Andaman -- Sports (Martial Art)
15. Master Aryan Chopra -- Delhi -- West Delhi District -- Sports(Chess)
16.  Kumari Kashish -- Delhi -- Central Delhi -- Theatre
National Award for Child Welfare (Individuals & Institutions)
These awards are given to deserving institutions and individuals for their outstanding performance in the field of child development and welfare. The awards were started with a view to recognize such voluntary action. The awards carry a cash prize of Rs. 3 lakh and a citation for each institution and Rs. 1 lakh and a citation for each individual. So far, 157 institutions and 103 individuals have been honoured with this award. 
The following are this year’s awardees:
1. Anand Kumar -- Bihar -- Patna
2. Mahesh Jadhav -- Karnataka -- Belagavi
3. Achyuta Samanta -- Odisha -- Bhubaneswar
1. Innovative Mid Brain Optimization Institute Pvt Ltd -- Delhi -- North-West District
2. Society for Tribal & Rural Development -- Karnataka -- Chamarajanagar
3. Akshaya Patra Foundation -- Karnataka -- Bangaluru  
4. Aarambh India Initiative -- Maharashtra -- Mumbai
5. Nirvan – A Social Welfare Organization -- Uttar Pradesh -- Lucknow
Rajiv Gandhi  Manav Seva Award
In this category, individuals are recognized for their outstanding contribution towards service for children, including children with disabilities. The criterion for selection is the quality of work performed by the individual for the cause of children. The award includes a cash prize of Rs. 1 lakh, a silver plate and a citation. 
The following are this year’s awardees:
1. Shantilal Gulabchand Muttha -- Maharashtra -- Pune
2. Chezhian Ramu -- Tamil Nadu -- Tiruvannamalai
3. Shobha Vidyarthi -- Uttarkhand -- Nainital


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