Odisha boy Abinash Mishra receives National Bravery Award

New Delhi/Bhubaneswar: Abinash Mishra from Odisha today received the National Bravery Award for 2015 in a ceremony in New Delhi.

According to sources, Abinash received the award from Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the national capital for his extraordinary acts of bravery.

He will also participate in the Republic Day parade, sources added.

Twenty-five children – three girls and 22 boys – have been selected for the award, including two posthumously, from across the country for their extraordinary acts of bravery.

The 17-year-old boy and son of Rabindra Mishra and mother Manjulata Mishra of Dhirapur village under Nimapara police station limits in Puri district, Abinash was selected for this award for rescuing two boys from Kushabhadra river on April 4, 2015.

Noticing Bidhubhusan and his friend drowning in the river, Abinash jumped into the river and dragged the duo out of the deep waters and swam ashore.

The National Bravery Award was instituted by the Indian Council for Child Welfare (ICCW) in 1957. The award is given to boys and girls in the 6-18 age group showing exemplary courage.

The selection of the awards is made by a high-powered Committee constituted by ICCW comprising representatives from various government departments, NGOs and office-bearers and members of ICCW. The awards are presented by the Prime Minister of India prior to Republic Day while the awardees participate in the Republic Day Parade.

The scheme of National Awards to children for Bravery was started 58 years ago in 1957. The main objective of the scheme is to give due recognition to the children who perform acts of bravery with a view to inspire other children to follow their example.