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Hunt for bravehearts begins in state

A concerted search for youngster has begun.

Worry not, these are no missing children; rather they are courageous ones who will win the National Bravery Award and will be felicitated by the Prime Minister on Republic Day next year.

The award is given away by Indian Council For Child Welfare and the Union government for acts of bravery.

The council officials issued a letter on July 25 to the state social welfare department and Jharkhand State Bal Bhavan, asking them to open entries for such brave children, aged between six and 18 years.

The last date to submit entries is September 30.

However, the departments have not received a single entry so far.

ďWe have already forwarded letter to more than 40 NGOs who are working on child related issues, asking them to send us the list of such children. But, till date we have not received any entry,Ē said Ganesh Reddy, chairman of Jharkhand State Bal Bhavan.

To find such brave children, the state social welfare department has also informed schools, civil societies and police department. They have been asked to send the complete profile of such bravehearts, describing his/her deed in 250 words.

All such profiles needs to be approved by school principals, mukhiyas of panchayats, zilla parishad, secretary of state child welfare, deputy commissioner and police authorities. Officials of Indian Council for Child Welfare will do the final scrutiny.

If a child from Jharkhand wins this time, he/she will be the first from the state.

In 2009, the state first started scouting for brave children and since then Jharkhand, unlike other states, has failed to find such children.

Officials often pin the blame on lack of awareness and poor publicity.

ďWe are trying our best. Hopefully, this time we will receive fresh entries. For the last few years, we have been receiving only one or two entries and they do not fulfil the criteria too. We need deeds of children of this year and not of previous years,Ē Reddy added.

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