29 Children have been conferred the Pradhan Mantri Rashtriya Bal Puraskar this Year, selected from all regions of the country for their exceptional achievements in Innovation (7), Social Service (4), Scholastic (1), Sports (8), Art & Culture (6) and Bravery (3) categories. There are 15 Boys and 14 Girls among the awardees belonging to 21 States and UTs.
Jui Abhijit Keskar, a Pune based student received the award in the Innovation category. Jui Keskar has developed an innovative device for Patients Suffering from Parkinson’s. which monitors the tremors of people battling with Parkinsons disease. Her uncle’s struggles with the disease inspired her to make the device. She was supported by her father who is an engineer based in Germany.
In view of the unprecedented circumstances emerging due to COVID-19 situation in the country, it was not possible to organise a physical ceremony at New Delhi. In order to felicitate and motivate the exceptional works of children, a function was held virtually on the occasion of National Girl Child Day today and also as part of Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav. The Awardees of PMRBP 2021 and 2022 along with their parents and concerned District Magistrate of their respective district joined the event from their district Head Quarters.
During the function, Prime Minister Narendra Modi gave digital certificates to the 61 winners of PMRBP 2021 and 2022 using a Block Chain-driven technology developed by IIT Kanpur under the National Blockchain Project. The digital certificates are stored on digital wallets installed on the mobile devices of the recipients. The digital certificates issued using the blockchain driven technology are unforgeable, globally verifiable, selectively disclosable and sensitive to user content. BlockChain Technology is being used for the first time for giving certificates to the awardees.
The cash prize of Rs.1,00,000/- was given to the awardees of PMRBP 2022 which was transferred online to the respective accounts of winners during the programme by the PM.
The Prime Minister interacted virtually with the winners of PMRBP 2022. Union Women and Child Development Minister Smriti Zubin Irani and Dr Munjpara Mahendra, Minister of State were among those present on the occasion.