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The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi interacting with the winners of Rashtriya Bal Puraskar - 2019, in New Delhi on January 24, 2019. The Minister of State for Women & Child Development and Minority Affairs, Dr. Virendra Kumar is also seen.

PM interacts with winners of Rashtriya Bal Puraskar 2019

Newdelhi:24/1/19;The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, today met and interacted with the winners of the Pradhan Mantri Rashtriya Bal Puraskar 2019.

The children explained in detail, their special achievements, and shared their inspirational stories.

The Prime Minister appreciated and congratulated the award winners for their achievements.

He said that these awards offer an opportunity for recognition of talented children, and serve as inspiration for others like them.

The Prime Minister urged the extra-ordinarily gifted children to stay connected with nature.

He shared some light and informal moments with the children who also requested him for autographs.


The Rashtriya Bal Puraskar awards have been given in two categories: Bal Shakti Puraskar to individuals; and Bal Kalyan Puraskar to institutions/individuals working for children.

A total of 783 applications were received for the Bal Shakti Puraskar this year. The Ministry for Women and Child Development selected 26 awardees for Bal Shakti Puraskar, under the category of innovation, scholastic, sports, arts & culture, social service and bravery. The National Selection Committee also finalized the names of 2 individuals and 3 institutions for Bal Kalyan Puraskar.

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