The National Child Award for Exceptional Achievement was instituted in 1996 to give recognition to the children with exceptional abilities and who have achieved outstanding status in various fields including academics, arts, culture and sports etc.. Children between the age of 4 to 15 years who have shown an exceptional achievement in any field including academics, arts, culture and sports etc. are eligible for this award. One Gold Medal and 35 silver Medals (one for each State/UT) are to be given annually
The Awards for the child with exceptional achievement shall consists of :-
(A) Gold Medal – 1 (One)
(i) A cash prize of Rs.20, 000/-
(ii) A Citation and certificates, and
(iii) A Gold Medal
(B) Silver Medals – 35 (Thirty five)
(i) Award money @ Rs.10,000/- for each awardee.
(ii) A citation and certificate for each awardee, and
(iii) A Silver Medal for each awardee.
Applications of children for this Award should be recommended by the State Government/UT Administration, any Department of Government of India, District Authority, local authority or voluntary organization. The last date for submission of nominations for each year is 31st July.
In order to encourage the voluntary sector, the Government of India in 1979 started a scheme of giving National Awards to deserving institutions and individuals for their outstanding performance in the field of child welfare. The Scheme was started with a view to give recognition to such voluntary action. Each year five institutions and three individuals are honoured with this prestigious Award. The National Award for Child Welfare includes the following:
• cash prize of Rs. 3 lakh for each institution
• Rs. 1 lakh for each individual and
• A certificate for each institution and individual.
The applications for the Awards are received through State Governments. The last date for receiving nominations is 31st July of each year.
In pursuance of its policy to support and encourage voluntary action and in memory of Late Prime Minister Shri Rajiv Gandhi, the Ministry of Women and Child Development, Government of India instituted the Rajiv Gandhi Manav Sewa Award for Service to Children in 1994 to honour an individual who makes outstanding contribution towards service for children. The number of Awards increased to three in the fields of Child Welfare, Child Development and Child Protection from 2006. The Award carries the following:
• a cash prize of Rs. 1 lakh,
• a silver plaque and
• a citation.
Applications for the Award are received through the State Government and the last date for receiving applications is 20th July every year
SCOPE Separate awards will be presented to individuals who have rendered the best work for the cause of children and to institutions who have rendered the best work for the cause of children in a particular year. There is no objection to an individual and the institution with whom the individual is connected receiving the award in the same year.
NATURE OF AWARDS
The Award for each individual shall consist of:-
(i) A cash prize of Rs.1,00,000/-
(ii) A citation.
The award to each institution shall consist:-
(i) A cash prize of Rs.3,00,000/-
(ii) A citation.
PROCEDURE FOR SELECTION
Initially, a Committee appointed by each State/UT will make from selection amongst individuals and institutions in a State/Union Territory. The composition of this Committee will be left to the State Government/Union Territory Administration. They may take into consideration the pattern of composition of the National Selection Committee.
The State/UT Selection Committee will make selections in accordance with the guidelines issued in this regard from time to time.
A National Committee consisting of the following persons will make final selection: -
1. Minister of State (I/C) for Women & Child Development…Chairperson
2. Secretary, D/o Women & Child Development………….. Member
3. A representative of the D/o Education…………………. Member
4. A representative of the M/o Health & Family Welfare… Member
5. A representative of the M/o Social Justice & ………… Member Empowerment
6. President, Indian Council for Child Welfare…. Member
7. President, Indian Academy of Paediatrics…. Member
8. Joint Secretary, D/o Women & …… Member-Secretary Child Development Each State Govt./UT Administration will forward its recommendation to Department of Women & Child Development by 31st July every year. Particulars of the recommended institutions should be furnished in the Performa given at Annexure ‘A’ and those of the individuals in Performa given as Annexure ‘B’. Recommendations received after 31st July may not be considered.
CRITERIA FOR SELECTION FOR INSTITUTIONS
Institutions should be those that are not entirely Government funded. They could be Govt. aided or otherwise. The institutions should have been in the field of child welfare for some years and should have, to their record, a good performance in the field. The branches of institutions working independently will also qualify for selection for the award. The selection will be made solely on the basis of quality of performance and the number of children served by the institution.
The individuals to be selected for the award should have worked for the cause of children for some years. Paid officers of the institutions will not be eligible for selection. The sole basis of selection will be the quality of work performed by the individual for the cause of children and its significance of the cause.
DATE OF AWARDS
1. In pursuance of its policy to support and encourage voluntary action, the Government of India has decided to institute an Award to honour individuals who makes outstanding contribution towards service for children.
2. Voluntary efforts have a special place in the total effort of the country in promoting the well being of the children. A number of voluntary organizations are already engaged in this work. The dimension of voluntary action and its importance in the country are expected to grow with time.
3. As a system of state recognition of voluntary efforts for the cause of children, the Government of India initiated in 1979, the Scheme of State recognition of voluntary effort in the cause of children in the country.
4. For past few years, there has been some thinking of instituting an Award for individuals who makes outstanding contribution towards service for children. This Award will be known as “Rajiv Gandhi Manav Seva Award for Service to Children”. Under this Scheme, every year the National Selection Committee will select 3 individuals. This Award will be presented to the 3 individuals selected for the purpose on Rajiv Gandhi’s birthday every year.
5. The Awards will be presented annually to 3 individuals who makes outstanding contribution in the following fields:
i. Child Development
ii. Child Protection
iii. Child Welfare
Nature of Awards
6. The Award for three individuals shall consist of: -
i. A cash prize of Rs. 1 lakh to each awardee; and
ii. A citation to each awardee
7. National Selection Committee will select awardees out of the cases recommended by State Governments/U.T. Administrations and Experts. The National Selection Committee will consist of the following persons: -
1. Minister of State (I/C) for Women & Child Development.
2. Secretary, Ministry of Women & Child Development
3. A representative of the Department of Education
4. A representative of the Department of Health
5. A representative of the M/o Social Justice & Empowerment
6. President, Indian Council for Child Welfare
7. Dean, Department of social work, Delhi University
Joint Secretary, Ministry of Women & Child Development
Each State Governments/Union Territory Administration will forward its recommendations to Ministry of Women & Child Development by 20th July every year. Particulars of the recommended individuals should be furnished in the proforma given at Annexure. Recommendations received after 20th July may not be considered.
The National Selection Committee may, at its discretion, also consider individuals other than those recommended by a State Governments/U.T. Administrations, for the Awards.
Creteria for Selection for Individuals
The 3 individuals to be selected for the Awards should have worked for the cause of children for over 10 years. Paid officers of the institutions will not be eligible for selection. The sole basis of the selection will be quality of work performed by the individual for the cause of children and its significance for the cause.
Date of Awards
The Award will be announced on the birthday of Late Shri Rajiv Gandhi on 20th August every year and will be given away in New Delhi on a date and time convenient to the Minister of State (I/C) for Women & Child Development.
Selected individuals may receive the Awards personally. The Ministry of Women & Child Development the travelling and daily allowance/actual expenditure incurred by him/her will pay the awardees.
The districts showing improvement in declining sex ratio and securing 1st, 2nd and 3rd position in the state are given sex ratio awards at district level every year to the tune of Rs. 5 lac, Rs. 3 lacs, and Rs. 2 lac respectively. The district administartion spend the amount on the development of women.