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Talented kids receive coveted award

Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit gave away the 43rd Annual Nehru Bal Samiti awards to children who excelled in various activities, on Wednesday.

india Updated: Feb 16, 2006 13:47 IST

Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit gave away the 43rd Annual Nehru Bal Samiti awards to children who excelled in various activities, on Wednesday. The children were selected in various events held at the seven-day Bal Mela organised by the Samiti recently.

Around 3,000 children from over 80 schools participated in various competitions at the Bal Mela, of which 400 received Gold, Silver and Bronze medals for their outstanding performances in the various competitions.

Surbhi Sachdeva, a sitar player from Bal Bharti Public School and Apoorva Sehgal, a painter from APJ School, Faridabad were awarded the Samiti’s prestigious Kala Bhushan Awards. Soorat, a Class V student gave a warm speech, welcoming Dixit, and appreciating the work done by the Samiti for deprived children in localities like Trilokpuri, Sunlight JJ colony, Village Masjid Moth and Sangam Vihar.

TR Gupta, former principal of Hansraj Model School and ex-President of the Samiti, talked about the problems faced by the Samiti, in getting their schools recognised as Senior Secondary schools, as they could not afford to pay full salaries to their teachers and staff, according to the norms of the 5th Pay Commission. Dikshit, in her address, said that the NGO should continue to work towards the country’s good and assured administrative and policy support.

On hearing their fund-related grievances, Dikshit said, “There is no dearth of funds for good causes. As soon as we establish a fool- proof system to ensure that the funds are not misused, the resources will start flowing in.”

Thirteen kids from four public schools were sent to Russia by the Bal Samiti, on a cultural programme. Dakshina of DPS RK Puram, said, "My Bharatnatyam performance was highly appreciated by the Russian students”.