NORTH LAKHIMPUR, May 27 - Two teenagers from Lakhimpur were presented the Jeevan Raksha Padak today for their exemplary valour in rescuing and saving persons under extreme natural conditions by ignoring their own safety.
Manoj Chautal (17), son of Chunu and Birchi Chautal of Machkhowa under Ghilamora Revenue Circle and Raju Garh, son of Tapan and Lily Garh of Mazgaon, Ghilamora were presented the civilian life saving award at a function held at the auditorium of District Library, North Lakhimpur today. The award presentation meeting was chaired by Dr Jeevan B, Deputy Commissioner, Lakhimpur. Eminent academician Dr Mukunda Rajbangshi and Principal, North Lakhimpur College, Dr BC Chetia attended the award function as invited guests.
The Jeevan Raksha Padak is a civilian lifesaving award presented by the Government of India. Established on September 30, 1961, the award was originally called the Jeevan Raksha Padak, Class II. It is awarded to civilians to reward saving lives from drowning, fire, or mine accidents. It is awarded for �courage and promptitude in saving life under circumstances of grave bodily injury to the rescuer�.
The teenagers were presented the awards in recognition to their saving of a child Abinash Chinte, son of Mukut and Sumita Chinte, who was swept away by the flood water of Jiyadhal-Na-Nadi river on June 5, 2018. The Lakhimpur DC also presented cheques totalling Rs 1 lakh to the boys along with the medals in the ceremony. District Development Commissioner Reena Mech and Additional Commissioner Devashish Goswami were also present in the meeting.