Bhubaneswar: Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today felicitated the three girls from the State who were awarded the Indian Council for Child Welfare (ICCW) National Bravery Award for Children this year.
Patnaik presented a cash award of Rs 1,00,000 to each awardee- Purnima Giri, Sabita Giri, and Srimati Badra at the Lokseva Bhawan here this evening in presence of Women & Child Development and Mission Shakti Minister Tukuni Sahu and senior officials.
“When I along with my friend was returning from school the train was stationary, I managed to pass under the train to the other side. While my friend was passing under the train it started to move, it ran over her leg dismembering it. I pulled her away and carried her home on my shoulders from where she was taken to the hospital,” said Srimati Badra, the nine-year-old narrating her experience.
“Am feeling very happy on winning the award, I thank my friend for it,” she added.
“Amidst the happiness of winning this award, I feel sad for the 10 whom we couldn’t save. Had we been able to save them I would have been happier. Their memories, their faces, their bodies lying dead haunt me at the time of receiving this award. I pray God that such mishap should never occur,” said Purnima Giri, who had saved 12 passengers of a boat from drowning on a dark chilly winter night on January 2 last year.
Earlier in the day, these awardees were felicitated by Governor Prof Ganeshi Lal at the Governor House in the presence of Women & Child Development and Mission Shakti Minister Tukuni Sahu and senior officials.