Kerala State Bravery award winners will be granted financial assistance to complete their education as a token of reward for their exemplary courage. The children who put their life at risk to save the life of others are a model to the country and the State will ensure its support to the children, Chief Minister Oommen Chandy has said.

He was presenting the Bravery award 2012 to the six winners at a function held at the Kerala State Child Welfare Council in Thiruvananthapuram on Wednesday.

M. Nandana from Kollam, Arshad Ashraf from Malappuram, K. Remith from Kannur, Mebin Cyriac from Alappuzha, M.V. Vishnu from Thrissur, and K.P. Shalini from Malappuram, received the awards from the Chief Minister here.

This is the first time the State is offering sponsorship to the awardees. The award money has been raised from Rs.5,000 to Rs.10,000.

According to Mr. Chandy, the children are not only a pride to the State but also to the country. National award winners were receiving financial assistance, and it was only apt that we extended the same reward to the state level winners, the Chief Minister said. National Bravery Award winners are granted financial assistance until they complete their school and college education under a sponsorship programme of the Indian Council for Child Welfare (ICCW). The Government of India has reserved some seats for the awardee children in professional colleges and polytechnics.

Fourteen-year-old Remith saved the life of two people drowning in a pond. Mebin, a Plus Two student saved the life of his teacher who fell overboard during a boat ride in Vembanad lake.Vishnu,17, had pulled off a girl who accidently fell on the rail track minutes before an oncoming train at Thrissur railway station. They received the National Bravery awards instituted by the Indian Council for Child Welfare (ICCW).

Six-year old Nandana saved the life of nine-year old Vishak, who fell into a lake on his way back home from school. Eleven-year old Arshad had saved the life of four-year old Seenu who fell into a well while playing.

Malappuram resident K.P. Shalini saved the life of her friend Anjitha from deep waters in a lake while swimming.

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