Prime Minister Narendra Modi in an Instagram post, shared a picture with his 'young friend' Eiha Dixit, introducing the Bal Shakti Award recipient.
The six-year-old from Meerut became the youngest among all the award recipients, for her contribution towards the environment. Eiha extended her contribution to the environment by planting 500 samplings by herself.
In the picture, PM Modi could be seen standing along with Eiha, in a floral-full garden, with the Indian flag at the back.
President Ram Nath Kovind presented the Bal Shakti Puraskar 2019 in the field of social service to Eiha Dixit during the Pradhan Mantri Rashtriya Bal Puraskar 2019 function at Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi on January 23.
The award was earlier known as the National Child Award. It was previously organised by an NGO, the Indian Council for Child Welfare (ICCW). From this year, the selection of children for the award has been brought under the Women and Child Development (WCD) Ministry.
The award ceremony was also attended by the Union WCD Minister Maneka Gandhi along with Secretary Rakesh Srivastava and other senior ministry officials.
The awardees were selected from 900 applications received through a special portal created for the purpose, said the ministry sources.
The winners were selected through a rigorous process of critical analysis by a committee comprising experts from varied disciplines such as sociology, psychology, mathematics, science, art, music and sport.