New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday presented the Pradhan Mantri Rashtriya Bal Puraskar to the children chosen for the honors and asked them to support the ‘Vocal for Local’ campaign, although he added that the awards carry a huge responsibility For the young .
The Prime Minister digitally awarded Bal Puraskar recipients with certificates using “blockchain technology” during a virtual event on Monday, according to an official statement. Twenty-nine children, including 14 girls, were recognized for their exceptional abilities and outstanding achievements in six areas: innovation, academic achievement, sports, arts and culture, social service and bravery.
Modi said youth were at the center of all policies made by the government.
Praising the children for playing a key role in the success of the government’s Swachh Bharat campaign, Modi also asked them to become ambassadors for the “Vocal for Local” campaign. “Just as you showed up for the cleanliness campaign, you should also show up for the Vocal for Local campaign. Make a list of products you use at home that are not made in India. Then encourage your family members to use similar products made in India. In this way, you will help India to become an Atma Nirbhar nation,” the Prime Minister said.
While interacting with 11-year-old Meedhansh Kumar, who has developed a web portal to provide information on Covid-19, Modi said: “In children like Meedhansh, the government’s efforts to promote entrepreneurship are bearing fruit and a tendency to become job providers instead of job seekers is becoming more pronounced.
Speaking to Tarushi Kumar, a 12-year-old girl from Chandigarh who had her name listed in the Guinness Book for her taekwondo skills, the Prime Minister asked her about her views on the balance between sport and studies, and also assured that the government is committed to providing all facilities to sportsmen.
During the interaction, the Prime Minister also spoke about the unveiling of a hologram statue of freedom fighter Subhas Chandra Bose at India Gate on Sunday and said that “the biggest inspiration we get from Netaji is – duty and nation first”. “Being inspired by Netaji, you must continue on the path of duty for the country,” he said.
“You have received these awards as the country celebrates 75 years of independence. With this award, you have been given a huge responsibility. Now everyone’s expectations have also increased of you. You do not have to feel stressed by these expectations, but rather to be inspired.
He also asked the children to study the bravery and sacrifice of the sons of Guru Gobind Singh. “The Sahibzadas had sacrificed themselves with immense bravery at a very young age. Their sacrifice for the civilization, culture, faith and religion of India is incomparable. Young people should know more about the Sahibzadas and their sacrifice,” the Prime Minister said.
He also congratulated the children for their participation in the vaccination program against Covid-19. “India’s children have shown their modern and scientific temperament in the vaccination program and since January 3, in just 20 days, more than 40 million children have taken the Corona vaccine,” Modi said.
The Prime Minister congratulated the young people for their contribution in the field of startups and innovation. “Your own generation is leading this new era, not only in India but also outside India. world is talking about them. Who are these CEOs? They are the children of our own country. It is the young generation of this country who is today dominant in the world. Today, we are proud when we see that CEOs of all major companies in the world are young Indians. We are proud to see Indian youth excelling in the world of startups,” he said.
The Prime Minister also saluted the country’s girls on National Day of the Girl. He also recalled the contributions of women freedom fighters, including Birbala Kanaklata Barua, Khudiram Bose and Rani Gaidinilu, in the struggle for freedom in India. “These fighters made the country’s freedom their life’s mission at a very young age and devoted themselves to it,” Modi said.