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Odisha announces Rs 1 lakh cash reward for National Bravery Award Winners

Bhubaneswar, January 29, 2018: From this year, winners of National Bravery Award from Odisha would get cash award of Rs 1 lakh from the State Government, announced Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Monday here.

Patnaik met Mamata Dalai and Pankaj Mahanta, who received the National Bravery Awar on Republic Day from Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the State Secretariat here and felicitated them with mementos and cash reward of Rs 1 lakh each.

“Our little hero Mamata Dalai & braveheart Pankaj Mahanta came to visit me after being conferred the #NationalBraveryAwards on Republic Day in Delhi. Shared wonderful fun-filled moments with them as they recounted their experiences there. Mamata may be a little one but her energy and enthusiasm is truly infectious,” said Patnaik in his facebook page.

On January 24, Prime Minister Narendra Modi presented the National Bravery Awards to 18 children, including Dalai and Mahnata from Odisha, in a function in New Delhi.

On Sunday, Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan too honoured the two kids at his residence here. 

Mamata Dalai, a six-year-eight-month-old girl, a resident of Bankual village within Bhitarkanika National Park of Kendrapara district was selected for the National Bravery Award for saving the life of another minor girl Asanti Dalai (7) from the jaws of a salt-water crocodile in her village pond on April 6, 2017 in Kendrapara.

Pankaj Kumar Mahanta (14) from Keonjhar was chosen for the bravery award for saving three lives from Baitarani river by pulling three women one by one from the river on May 22 last year.

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