Kovind presents Na­tional Child Awards

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NEW DELHI: On the oc­ca­sion of Chil­dren’s Day on Tues­day, Pres­i­dent Ram Nath Kovind pre­sented Na­tional Child Awards at Rash­tra­p­ati Bha­van here.

In a mes­sage sent to the Min­istry of Women and Child Devel­op­ment on the oc­ca­sion, Kovind said: “Chil­dren are the fu­ture of our coun­try. We must make ev­ery ef­fort to en­sure their wel­fare.

“We should also make all pos­si­ble ef­forts to en­sure that chil­dren in our coun­try have a safe and happy child­hood.

“Ev­ery child is a bud wait­ing to blos­som. By award­ing chil­dren, we recog­nise and en­cour­age their tal­ent and po­ten­tial for na­tion build­ing.

Thep­res­i­den­tal­so­called­for­recog­ni­tion of sig­ni­icant con­tri­bu­tion of in­di­vid­u­als and in­sti­tu­tions who work for causes re­lated to chil­dren, said an oficial re­lease.

The awards in­cluded the Na­tional Child Awards for Ex­cep­tional Achieve­ment that give recog­ni­tion to chil­dren with ex­cep­tional abil­i­ties and out­stand­ing achieve­ments in the ields of in­no­va­tion, scholas­tic achieve­ments, sports, arts, cul­ture, so­cial ser­vice and mu­sic.

Na­tional Awards for Child Wel­fare were given to in­sti­tu­tions and in­di­vid­u­als for their out­stand­ing work in the ield of child wel­fare and the Ra­jiv Gandhi Manav Seva Awards were given in­di­vid­u­als for their out­stand­ing con­tri­bu­tion to­wards ser­vice for chil­dren. Later, the Pres­i­dent cel­e­brated Chil­dren’s Day with stu­dents and chil­dren from var­i­ous in­sti­tu­tions. Goa Chief Min­is­ter Manohar Par­rikar on Tues­day hit out at a jour­nal­ist for ask­ing whether­chil­dren’sdayshouldbede-linked from­jawa­har­lal­nehru’sbirthanniver­sary, call­ing the query “very per­vert”.

Speak­ing at a gov­ern­ment func­tion here, or­gan­ised to dis­trib­ute lap­tops to Class XII stu­dents, Par­rikar also said that com­put­ers should be used to an­a­lyse news and not to blindly fol­low news con­tent.

“Some­one asked me, do you think that Nehru should be de-linked from Chil­dren’s Day? This is a very per­vert ques­tion,” he said. “Why should it be done. We cel­e­brate Chil­dren’s Day be­cause he (Nehru) liked chil­dren. Let us ob­serve it.” Chil­dren’s Day is cel­e­brated on Nov.14 to com­mem­o­rate the birth an­niver­sary of Nehru.

For­mer Supreme Court judge Gyan Sudha Misra on Tues­day said there is a need to en­act spe­cial safety law for chil­dren in the coun­try. She said this at a pro­gramme that was at­tended by par­ents of Prad­hyumn, who was killed in his Gurugram-based school two months ago.

“Par­lia­ment needs to en­act spe­cial safety law for chil­dren in the coun­try,” Misra said while ad­dress­ing the gath­er­ing at Ra­jen­dra Bhawan here, ac­cord­ing to a re­lease. Prad­hyumn’s fa­ther Barun Chan­dra Thakur, who has formed Prad­hyumn Foun­da­tion, said would ded­i­cate his life to the cause of chil­dren.

Thakur said he would move around the coun­try in or­der to en­sure that the foun­da­tion’s Child Safety Cam­paign, which was lagged off on the Chil­dren’s Day here, got fruc­ti­ied, the re­lease said.

Ask­ing “what was the fault of my son”, Sushama, mother of Prad­hyumn, re­it­er­ated her de­mand for jus­tice.

Misra joined the Child Safety Cam­paign at ITO in Delhi on Tues­day, where she was ac­com­pa­nied by many par­ents and ac­tivists. Supreme Court lawyer Ka­malesh Mishra said there should be an as­so­ci­a­tion of par­ents and teach­ers to dis­cuss child-re­lated is­sues.

The lit­er­ary scene was quite dif­fer­ent when Booka­roo — In­dias irst chil­drens lit­er­a­ture fes­ti­val — be­gan its hum­ble jour­ney. This year, it turns 10 and over 60 award-win­ning writ­ers, il­lus­tra­tors, po­ets and sto­ry­tellers, from 18 coun­tries will en­thrall young au­di­ences here.

Agence France-presse

A school boy, dressed as In­dia’s for­mer first prime min­is­ter Jawa­har­lal Nehru (cen­tre), poses dur­ing cel­e­bra­tions of Chil­dren’s Day at a school in Am­rit­sar on Tues­day.

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