New Delhi (NVI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi today interacted with Pradhan Mantri Rashtriya Bal Puraskar (PMRBP) awardees via video conferencing and congratulated them on their achievement.
Union Women and Child Development Minister, Smriti Zubin Irani was also present on the occasion.
Congratulating the awardees, the Prime Minister said that this year’s awards are special as the recipient earned them in the difficult times of COVID-19 pandemic.
During the interaction, the Prime Minister acknowledged the role of children in major behaviour-change campaigns like swachchta movement.
The PM asked the children to keep three things, three pledges, in their mind. “First, pledge of Consistency. There should not be any slackening of speed of the action. Second, pledge for the country. If we work for the country and treat every work in terms of the country, then that work will become greater than the self,” he said.
He asked the children to think what they can do for the country as we enter 75th year of independence. “Third, the pledge of humility. Every success should spur us to be more polite as our humility will enable others to celebrate our success with us,” the Prime Minister concluded.
Smriti Irani in her welcome address stated that all the programmes of the Prime Minister have been very inspiring for the children, whether it was interaction with students telling the importance of education on ‘Teachers Day’ or sharing the burden of students on ‘Pariksha par Charcha’.
32 children have been awarded the Pradhan Mantri Rashtriya Bal Puraskar, 2021. The Government has been awarding the Pradhan Mantri Rashtriya Bal Puraskar to the children with exceptional abilities and outstanding accomplishments, in the fields of innovation, scholastics, sports, arts & culture, social service and bravery.
The awardee children are from 32 districts of 21 States/UTs. 7 awards have been given in the field of Art & Culture, 9 awards have been given for Innovation and 5 for scholastic achievements. 7 children have won in Sports category, 3 children have been felicitated for Bravery and one child has been honoured for her efforts in the field of Social Service. Each award carries a medal, a cash prize of Rs. 1,00,000/-, a certificate and a citation.