Winners of Bal Puraskar share their views with PM Modi

Wednesday 01st February 2023 06:10 EST

During a meeting with the 11 recipients of the "Pradhan Mantri Rashtriya Bal Puraskar," Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke about subjects including eradicating the stigma associated with mental illness, the difficulties children experience, and the crucial role that families play in resolving these challenges.

In addition to praising the students' accomplishments, Modi advised those who received awards to begin by tackling little issues, then progressively increase their capacity, capability, and confidence as they move through life. Later on, the prime minister tweeted that they "had a wonderful interaction."

Dressed in traditional attires, the awardees, earlier in the day, shared their goals and aspirations during an interaction with women and child development minister Smriti Irani as they took a tour inside the the Pradhanmantri Sangrahalaya - a museum built as a tribute to all Prime Ministers of India since independence.

At a ceremony held at Vigyan Bhawan, President Droupadi Murmu presented the honorees with a medal, a citation, and a cash prize of Rs 100,000. Six boys and five girls, representing 11 states and UTs, are among this year's award recipients. They include Aadithya Suresh, M Gauravi Reddy, Shreya Bhattacharjee, Sambhab Mishra (art and culture); Rohan Ramchandra Bahir (bravery); Aditya Pratap Singh Chauhan, Rishi Shiv Prasanna (Innovation); Anoushka Jolly (Social Service); Hanaya Nisar, Kolagatla Alana Meenakshi and Shauryajit Ranjitkumar Khaire (Sports).

In a series of tweets, PM Modi spoke of each of the awardees. For instance, he appluaded the “remarkable resilience” of Aadithya Suresh. “He was diagnosed with a bone disorder but he is not one to have a low morale. He pursued singing and is now a talented singer. He has performed in over 500 programmes,” the PM said.

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