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January 19, 2016

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1.Some who saved their friends from drowning, some who braved fire to save lives and others who fought snatchers are among the 25 kids who have been selected for the award. Twenty-two boys and three girls will be conferred the award by Prime Minister Narendra Modi at his residence on January 24. The children will also participate in the Republic Day parade on January 26. The awardees will receive a medal, a certificate and cash prize.

2.The awards, initiated by the Indian Council for Child Welfare (ICCW) in 1957, gives recognition to children who distinguish themselves by performing outstanding acts of bravery.

3.This year, two children have been awarded posthumously.

4.Eligible awardees will be granted financial assistance until they complete their schooling. Some State governments also provide financial assistance to them. In addition, ICCW provides financial assistance under its Indira Gandhi Scholarship Scheme to those undertaking professional courses such as engineering and medicine.