L-G meets nationís young bravehearts

Lieutenant-Governor Tejendra Khanna met the children who have been conferred the 2012 National Bravery Award during a function held at Raj Niwas on Monday. Twenty-two children have been selected for the awards ó to be officially presented on Republic Day.

One award will be given posthumously to a recipient from Mizoram, who died while trying to rescue his friend from drowning.

"This is a caveat achievement as these children have not only saved precious lives of others by showing exemplary courage and strength, but also performed their duty towards humanity," Khanna said.

The most-coveted Bharat Award has been conferred on 17-year-old Master Tarang Atulbhai Mistry of Gujarat, who saved four people from drowning in the Narmada River.

The 'Geeta Chopra Award' has been conferred to 18-year-old Renu of Delhi for exposing the perpetrators of inhuman treatment of a children's home.

The 'Sanjay Chopra Award' has been given to 11-year-old Gajendra Ram of Chhattisgarh, who saved a child from drowning in a well.

Vijay Kumar Sainik (17) of Uttar Pradesh, Akanksha Gaute (16) of Chhattisgarh and Hali Raghunath Baraf (16) of Maharashtra will receive the Bapu Gaidhani Awards.

Other recipients of the Bravery Awards include Devansh Tiwari and Mukesh Nishad (Chhattisgarh), Lalrinhlua (Mizoram), E Suganthan (Tamil Nadu), Ramith K, Mebin Cyriac and Vishnu M V (Kerala), Koroungamba Kumam (Manipur), Sameep Anil Pandit (Maharashtra), Viswendra Lohkna, Satendra Lohkana and Pawan Kumar Kanaujiya (Uttar Pradesh), Stripleaseman Mylliem (Meghalaya), Sapna Kumari Meena (Rajasthan) and Suhail K M (Karnataka).

All the children will participate in the Republic Day parade, riding caparisoned elephants, during the celebrations on Saturday.

Since the inception of the awards in 1957, the Indian Council for Child Welfare has given awards to 846 brave children ó 602 boys and 244 girls.

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