Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Jan 28:
Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today felicitated National Bravery Award winner Abinash Mishra at the Odisha capital.
After participating in the Republic Day parade, Mishra returned to the capital city today.
“Congratulated National Bravery Award winner Abinash Mishra, an inspiration for many. Wished him all success,” Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik tweeted.
Patnaik presented him a filigree work and a bouquet. Besides, he congratulated Mishra for showing exemplary courage in rescuing a minor boy Bidhubhusan from Kushabhdra River.
The 12-year-old braveheart also met Union Petroleum and Natural Gas Minister Dharmendra Pradhan today. Mishra was accompanied by his father.
“Congratulated Abinash Mishra who received National Bravery Award,” Pradhan tweeted.
The native of Dhirapur village under Nimapara police station limits in Puri district had received the award from Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the eve of Republic Day in New Delhi.
Instituted by the Indian Council for Child Welfare (ICCW) in 1957 the National Bravery Award is given to boys and girls in the 6-18 age groups showing exemplary courage. The scheme of National Awards to children for Bravery was started 58 years ago in 1957. The main objective of the scheme is to give due recognition to the children who perform acts of bravery with a view to inspire other children to follow their example.