Teenage paralympic swimmer Kumari Revathi Nayka and chess player Dev Shah were among the recipients of the National Child Awards, which President Pranab Mukherjee conferred on Monday at Rashtrapati Bhavan here on Children’s Day.
The awards were given to 31 children, three individuals and five institutions in the categories of ‘National Child Award for Exceptional Achievement 2016’, ‘National Award for Child Welfare (Institution) 2015’, ‘National Award for Child Welfare (Individual) 2015’ and ‘Rajiv Gandhi Manav Seva Award 2016’.
The National Child Award for Exceptional Achievement was presented to 31 children in recognition of their exceptional abilities and outstanding achievements.
The gold medal was given to Nayka, 16, for excellence in swimming. Dev Shah, 9, is the youngest to be awarded for excellence in chess.
The other 29 children received the awards for excelling in fields like academics, innovation, arts, sports and music.
The five institutions and three individuals were honoured for outstanding performance in the field of child development and welfare for 2015.
The Rajiv Gandhi Manav Seva Award was presented to Devesh Nath Dikshit from Bihar, Bandana Kumari from Jharkhand and Yesu S. from Kerala.
Women and Child Development Minister Maneka Gandhi was present on the occasion.