On the 24th of January Modi interacted with Pradhan Mantri Rashtriya Bal Puraskar (PMRBP) awardees at his residence, 7 Lok Kalyan Marg.
After presenting souvenirs to all the awardees and discussing their achievements on a one-to-one basis, the Prime Minister interacted with the entire group. In an informal setting, he had an open-hearted interaction. He was asked various questions by the children about the challenges they face and sought guidance on a variety of topics from him.
The Prime Minister suggested that the awardees start by solving small problems, gradually build capacity, enhance their capability, and develop the confidence to solve bigger problems as they go ahead in life.
He talked about tackling the stigma around mental health and the important role of the family in discussing the issue of mental health and the problems faced by children. Other topics discussed by the Prime Minister were the benefits of playing Chess, taking up art & culture as a career, research & innovation, and spirituality.
The Government of India is conferring the Pradhan Mantri Rashtriya Bal Puraskar to the children for their exceptional achievement in six categories primarily innovation, social service, scholastic, sports, arts and culture, and bravery. Each awardee is presented with a medallion, a cash prize of Rs 1 lakh, and a certificate.
This year, 11 children from across the country have been selected for PMRBP-2023 under various categories of Bal Shakti Puraskar. The awardees belonging to 11 states and UTS include 6 boys and 5 girls namely: Aditya Suresh, M Gaurav Reddy, Shreya Bhattacharjee, Sambhaib Mishra, Rohan Ramchandra Bahir, Aditya Pratap Singh Chauhan, Rishi Shiv Prasanna, Anoushka Juli, Haniya Nisar, Kolagatla Alana Meenakshi, and Shorajit Ranjitkumar Khaire.