President Pranab Mukherjee on Friday presented the prestigious National Child Awards to 20 children for their exceptional achievements in various fields on the occasion of Children’s Day and five of them are from Karnataka, while Tamil Nadu and Haryana won two each. Delhi had a lone winner.
Mukherjee also presented the Rajiv Gandhi Manav Seva Awards, 2014, to three individuals from Karnataka, Punjab and Uttarakhand for their outstanding contribution towards service for children.
National Awards for Child Welfare 2013 were given to four institutions and three individuals for their performance in the field of child development and welfare.
The awardees were felicitated at Rashtrapati Bhavan. After the function, Mukherjee met the students personally and asked them to seek inspiration from the ideals and sacrifices of Jawaharlal Nehru, India’s first prime minister whose birthday is celebrated as Children’s Day Nov 14.
“Children are the future citizens of the country,” said Mukherjee as he asked them to put in their best efforts to ensure a ‘Clean India’. The President urged the children to keep their schools, classrooms, houses and surroundings clean.