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President Ram Nath Kovind confers Pradhan Mantri Rashtriya Bal Puraskar 2019

A total of 783 applications were received for the Bal Shakti Puruskar this year. The names of awardees were finalised by the National Selection Committee under the Chairpersonship of Minister of Women and Child Development, Maneka Sanjay Gandhi.

Jan 22, 2019 19:29 IST
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The President of India, Ram Nath Kovind on January 22, 2019 conferred the Pradhan Mantri Rashtriya Bal Puraskar 2019.

The awards were presented 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, art and culture, social service and bravery.

Under National Child Welfare Awards category (now renamed as Bal Kalyan Puraskar), 2 individuals and 3 institutions were awarded.

Selection of awardees

A total of 783 applications were received for the Bal Shakti Puruskar this year.

The names of awardees were finalised by the National Selection Committee under the Chairpersonship of Minister of Women and Child Development, Maneka Sanjay Gandhi.

Pradhan Mantri Rashtriya Bal Puraskar

The Union Ministry of Women and Child Development introduced a revamped award scheme under the name of Pradhan Mantri National Children Awards or Pradhan Mantri Rashtriya Bal Puraskar.

These awards are given in two main categories. The categories are:

1) Bal Shakti Puraskar (erstwhile known as National Child Award)

2) Bal Kalyan Puraskar(erstwhile known as National Child Welfare Award).

Bal Shakti Puraskar

  • The Bal Shakti Puraskar is given in the fields of Innovation, Social Service, Scholastic, Sports, Art & Culture, and Bravery.
  • The award carries a medal, a cash prize of Rs 100000, book vouchers worth Rs. 10,000, a certificate and a citation.

Bal Kalyan Puraskar

  • The Bal Kalyan Puraskar is given in the categories of Individual and Institution.
  • The award for Individual category consists of a cash prize of Rs 100000, a medal, a citation and a certificate.
  • The award for Institution category consists of a prize of Rs 500000 each, a medal, a citation and a certificate.

The maximum number of awards would be 3 for National Child Welfare Award, Individual and Institution both.

Application process

A Child who is an Indian Citizen and residing in India can apply for National Child Award by registering on the award portal (www.nca-wcd.nic.in), filling the requisite information and attaching the relevant documents.

Eligibility

In order to draw wide response from public, any citizen of India can nominate any child who has achieved excellence in any of the fields.

Individuals, who are citizen of India and have made an outstanding contribution for the cause of children for not less than 7 years and have a positive impact on their lives and Institutions who have done exceptional work in any field of Child Welfare for 10 years can apply for the Award.

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