The national awards for bravery or the National Bravery Awards was started in 1957 by the Indian Council for Child Welfare (ICCW) to recognize and honor children who have performed outstanding deeds of bravery and selfless sacrifice.

Every year the ICCW confers these awards to children below 16 years of age. The awards are announced on November 14 (Children s Day) and the Prime Minister presents the awards on the eve of Republic Day. The awardees receive a medal, certificate and cash as a token of their indispensable courage. These children also take part in the Republic Day Parade atop an elephant. In addition to this, some of them are also granted financial assistance to complete their schooling and professional courses such as medical and engineering (under the Indira Gandhi scholarship scheme). Assistance is also provided to some till they complete their graduation.

The Central and State government departments, Panchayats, Zila Parishads, State and Union Territory councils for Child Welfare and also the school authorities have the responsibility of acknowledging the applications for the bravery award.

The selection is made by a committee constituted by the ICCW, comprising of representatives from the Secretariats of the President and the Vice-President, various ministries, as well as the Central Social Welfare Board, police, All India Radio, Doordarshan and leading NGOs such as the National Bal Bhavan, SOS, Children s Villages of India, R K Mission and experienced ICCW members.

In 1978, the Indian Council for Child Welfare instituted two bravery awards for children under the age of 16, the Sanjay Chopra Award and the Geeta Chopra Award, given each year along with the National Bravery Award.

Bravery Awards 2019

The list of Bravery Award winners for the year 2019 was announced by the Indian Council for Child Welfare (ICCW) on January 2019. The award is to be conferred to 26 brave children from all parts of the country, the youngest recipient being Six-year-old Eiha Dixit's excitement knew no bounds when she received the National Award from President Ram Nath Kovind for her contribution towards environment. She alone planted 500 saplings.
She is the youngest among the all award recipients and belongs to Meerut. She planted the saplings in Meerut and surrounding areas inspired by her school teachers and her father. 25 more children were awarded with the Pradhan Mantri Rashtriya Bal Puraskar at Rashtrapati Bhawan.

Gallantry Awards

Soldiers, who have performed outstanding deeds of bravery and selfless sacrifice, are awarded the bravery medals, Param Vir Chakra, Vir Chakra and Maha Vir Chakra. Each defense service in India have there own set of gallantry awards that are awarded to the soldiers who have shown courage and valor.

Read here about the Indian Gallantry Awards

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