Pradhan Mantri Rashtriya Bal Puraskar 2021

Eligibility criteria, Date of receipt of a recommendation, Selection committee for This Selection Committee for Bal Puraskar, Procedure for sending the nominations,  Pradhan Mantri Rashtriya Bal Puraskar 2021

 Pradhan Mantri Rashtriya Bal Puraskar 2021

 The Pradhan Mantri Rashtriya Bal Puraskar, formerly known as the National Child Award for Exceptional Achievement, is India's Highest Civilian Honour bestowed upon exceptional achievers under the age of 18. The award was instituted by the Ministry of Women and Child Development, Government of India in 1996 to recognize children with exceptional abilities and outstanding status in various fields such as academics, arts, culture, design, innovation, research, social service, and sports.

The award is conferred by the President of India in the week preceding the Republic Day[3] in the Durbar Hall of Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi, where the nation's other prestigious civilian honours like the Bharat Ratna, Padma Vibhushan, Padma Bhushan and Padma Shri are also presented. Previously, the awards were conferred on Children's Day. The Prime Minister also meets with the awardees at his residence, 7, Lok Kalyan Marg. The awardees also participate in the Republic Day Parade.

 Pradhan Mantri Rashtriya Bal Puraskar 2021

The Ministry of Women and Child Development has invited nominations for the Pradhan Mantri Rashtriya Bal Puraskar 2021 from children, individuals and institutions.

 The Awards are given by the President of India in the week preceding Republic Day (26th January) every year.
Key Points
The PradhanMantriRashtriyaBalPuraskar is given under two categories:
Bal Shakti Puraskar and BalKalyanPuraskar.
Bal Shakti Puraskar:

  • It is given by the Government of India every year to recognize the exceptional achievements of children in various fields i.e., innovation, scholastic achievements, social service, arts & culture, sports and bravery.
  • A medal, a cash prize of Rs. 1,00,000, book vouchers worth Rs.10,000, a certificate and citation.
  • It was instituted in 1996 as the National Child Award for Exceptional Achievement, renamed from 2018 as Bal Shakti Puraskar.

Bal Kalyan Puraskar 

  • It is given as recognition to Individuals and Institutions, who have made an outstanding contribution towards service for children in the field of child development, child protection and child welfare.
  • An individual who is an Indian Citizen and residing in India and should have attained the age of 18 years or above (as on 31st August of respective year). S/he should have worked for the cause of children for not less than 7 years.
  • The institution should not be entirely funded by the government and should have been in the field of child welfare for 10 years and performing consistently in the field.
  • Award: Three awards are given in each of the two categories - Individual and Institution - along with cash prizes (Rs. 1,00, 000 and Rs. 5,00, 000 respectively).

  Procedure for sending the nominations

Open nominations from public will be received only through a website. (i.e:www.nca-wcd.nic.in). Applications received other than online mode will not be entertained.

The web portal to accept nominations round the year while limiting consideration up to 31st August of the respective year,for awards to be given in the month of January, next year. Applications received after the due date will be considered for the awards in the next year.

Any citizen can recommend a child having exceptional achievement through the online portal.

Applications received by the due date will be sent to the State/UT and District Collector/District Magistrate, other government/appropriate agencies/organizations for verification of the content and achievements by 15th October.

Thereafter, the applications will be shortlisted based on the eligibility criteria.

 

Eligibility criteria

  1. A child who is an Indian Citizen and residing in India above the age of 5 years and not exceeding 18 years (as on 31st August of the respective year).
  2. Excellence in any one of the following fields (achievements that benefit society will be encouraged):

S.No

Field of Achievement

Description

1

Innovation

Innovation in the field of science and social science may be considered. The initiative taken to impact the human lives as well as ecology and environment in a positive manner may be considered.

2

Social Service

Leadership skills in motivating and mobilizing society against social evils like child marriage, sexual abuse, alcoholism etc should be encouraged.

3

Scholastic

Consistent achievements in scholastic at National and International level to be encouraged.

4

Sports

Consistent achievements in sports at National and International levels to be encouraged.

5

Art & Culture

Consistent achievements in art & culture at National and International level in art, music (vocal & instrumental), dance, painting or any other form of art/culture.

6

Bravery

To acknowledge and encourage:-

•   Selfless service in the face of risk to her/his own life;

•   And/or an act of outstanding courage and daring against an adverse natural or manmade situations.

•  And/or an exceptional act of mental strength , quick wit and presence of mind in the face of grave danger to self and society

  1. The achievement should not be one-off, but carried out over a period of time. The achievements should be indicative of child’s passion in respective field and suggestive of a bright future in particular field.
  2. The context and background of the child should also be criteria. For example, the achievements of a child in different circumstances should be given weightage.

Date of receipt of a recommendation

Particulars of the recommended Child/Individual/Institution for the award should be furnished on the web portal by 31st August of the respective year.

Selection committee for This

A National Selection Committee, headed by Minister, MWCD or MoS, MWCD will finalize the names of the awardees for the Pradhan Mantri Rashtriya Bal Puraskar.

Composition of the Selection Committee for Bal Puraskar

1

Minister or MoS, Ministry of Women and Child Development

Chairperson

2

Secretary, Ministry of Women and Child Development

Member

3

Additional Secretary, MWCD

Member

4

Secretary or her/his representative in the Department of School Education, Ministry of Human Resource Development, Ministry of Youth Affairs, Ministry of Culture, Ministry of Science and Technology, Ministry of Defence, Ministry of Home Affairs

Member

5

Subject expert in each field and child psychologist, sociologists, police/paramilitary/defense personnel/disability expert, etc

Member

6

Joint Secretary(Child Welfare), Ministry of Women and Child Development

Member Secretary