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The National Awards for Bravery was started in 1957 by the Indian Council for Child Welfare with an intention to encourage the children for their outstanding brave action and sacrifice and to honour them. These Awards are given to children below 16 years of age. The smart Kerala children join the club of Bravery Award Winners from different States of the Country. 9 Girls and 14 Boys are the awardees for the great occasion at the Republic Day function on 26th January 2011 in New Delhi. Two Awards are given posthumously. Both of them sacrificed their lives while rescuing other children. They are Champa Kanwar frm Rajasthan and Sruthi Lodhi from Uttarakhand.
The recommendations for these Awards are from the Central/State Government Departments, Panchayats, Zilla Panchayats, School authorities and State and Union Territory Councils for Child Welfare. So far, 800 children have been given the Awards - 568 Boys and 232 Girls.
BRAVERY AWARDS FOR 2010 - KERALA CHILDREN
In the year 2010, outstanding brave actions were identified and 4 girls and 19 boys are getting the prestigious awards from the Indian Prime Minister on 26th January 2011. They will be honored at the Republic Day function on January 26, 2011 when the Awards will be presented to them by the Indian Prime Minister. Out of these 23 awardees, four of them are from our small State, Kerala. They are PM Jismi, K Vishnudas, M Anoop and Rajnarayan.
The prestigious "Geetha Chopra" award is announced in the name of 12 year old PM Jismi. Jismi, the 9th standard student of Cherpu Govt Vocational Higher Secondary School, on December 20, 2009 was about to get into the Quarry nearby to take bath when she heard screaming sounds from the Quarry. She ran to the place from where the sound was heard and to her dismay, she saw, two children drowning in water. Their mother attempting to help her children to get out remained hapless and she also fell in the water and was drowning. Jismi did not think a second. With great courage, she dived to the water crying loudlyr. She helped both the children to come out of the water in Quarry one by one and thus rescued. Two residents of the locality seeing the unfortunate incident also jumped to the water and brought the woman to the shore. The villagers assembled there praised the extra ordinary courage shown by Jismi and in fact both the children's lives were saved only due to her presence of mind and brevity. She is the daughter of Murali and Bindu of Pulikal house in Perinjery in Trichur.
"Bapu Gayadhaani" award is bagged by K Vishnudas who comes from Koduvarakottil family in Lakkidi in Palghat. On May 16, 2010 Vishnudas was helping his relative to do cycling near the Railway Station when he heard screaming shouts from the near by Bharatapuzha outlet. On reaching the banks of Bharatapuzha, he saw a mother with her two daughters drowning in water. His courage reached at the zenith at that moment and he jumped to the water shouting loudly. He brought out the children one by one to the bank of the river and their mother was also brought out from the water of around 8 metre deep. Though the nearby people assembled there immediately and helped the woman to the nearby hospital, she breathed her last. The children's lives were rescued by Vishnudas and his presence of mind and courage was appreciated by all. Vishnu is a Plus One student of Sri sankara Oriental HSS and only son of Ramadas and Sharmila.
Bravery Award knocked the doors of Aleppey again this year. Anup was returning home from School when a Five year old girl behind him slipped into the water Lake from the bund. Hearing the sound, Anup looked back to see the little girl getting drowned in the heavy water. The 13 year old School boy without any iota of doubt in his mind jumped to the water and brought out the girl from a depth of 15 metre. Immediately after rescuing the girl from the deep waters, Anup administered First Aid also to the hapless tiny girl. The local people soon gathered around him and took him to appreciate for his sacrifice. The courage that this little boy shown was exemplary. He is the son of Madhusudanan Nair and Umadevi and 8th standard student of Champakulam Bishop Kuriyalancheri Public School.
The Award came to Rajnarayan, belonging to Cherukara Puthanprambil in Kuttanad in Aleppy for a rescue operation in waters. Rajnarayan was moving slowly on the bridge of Kainadi-Cherukara when he saw at a distance a boy drowning in Pampa river. He dived into the heavy waters, swam for about 50 meters and rescued the boy from a depth of 15 meters. The boy, Kevin , a 10th standard student was unconscious when he was brought out to the banks of Pampa river and his life was saved by this young Rajnarayan of 13 years old. Rajnarayan administered the First aid immediately and gave the boy his life back. This was a proud moment for Kuttanad people. Rajnarayan is a 8th standard student of NSS HS Kuttanad and son of Rajesh.
In all the rescue operations, the similarity is that the lives saved were from deep waters and any delay on the part of the young, courageous children would have been disastrous to the hapless ones who were brought to life back. Of course, all the four brave children of our Kerala deserve the prestigious awards.