Bhubaneswar, December 21 (LocalWire): The year-end came with wonderful news for the residents of this far-flung village in Kendrapara district: two young sisters from the community have been nominated for the national bravery award by the Indian Council for Child Welfare.
Sabita Giri and Purnima Giri had exhibited exemplary bravery in saving over a dozen people from meeting watery grave on 2 January 2019.
Ten people had drowned in the tragic incident when a boat carrying 55 tourists from Hansina village capsized at the Batighar creek close to Mahanadi river mouth in Nipania village.
The sisters, whose house was located in the vicinity of the spot, had risen to the occasion and rescued the distressed people while putting their own life at risk.
We feel honoured that the siblings from the district have been selected for the national bravery award.
“The award instituted by Indian Council for Child Welfare (ICCW) will be given to them by the prime minister next month. The ICCW’s letter in this regard has been received by the district administration,” Kendrapara collector Samarth Verma said.
“It’s a matter of pride for all the people here as the act of bravery has brought the village under national limelight. The administration had earlier recommended the teen-rescuers for the national bravery award,” he stated.
“We feel privileged. My daughters’ noble work has brought glory to our village,” father of the girls Budhadeb Giri said.