Srinagar, Nov 14: Zaira Wasim, the valley-born Bollywood actress, on Tuesday was awarded National Child Award for Exceptional Achievement 2017 along with 15 other children.
President of India, Ram Nath Kovind gave away the Awards on the occasion of Children's Day in New Delhi.
The Awards were given in the presence of Minister of State for Women & Child Development, Dr. Virendra Kumar.
The National Child Awards 2017 are given to celebrate the exceptional achievements of children; as well as to individuals and institutions who work for child welfare. This year, the President awarded 16 children, out of which one child was given a gold medal and 15 children were given silver medals.
While Zaira was among the silver medalists, it was Master Akash Manoj who was given the gold medal for inventing a device to detect silent heart attacks six hours prior to attack, that has the potential to save many lives.
The official memo for Zaira Wasim read: “Zaira Wasim, born on 23rd October 2000, is already an actor of repute. At such a tender age, she has featured in various films drawing attention to burning issues such as child marriage, sexual abuse and above all gender parity. Through her art, Zaira has propagated the message of Beti Bachao Beti Padhao very strongly. She has been successful in conveying a powerful message of transcending social barriers and achieving one’s dreams and thereby has served as a source of inspiration for many young girls, who are aspiring to make their mark in the world. Zaira is a winner of the National Film Award and Zee Entertainment Award for The “Best Child Artist” 2017. Kumari Zaira Wasim is being awarded the National Child Award for Exceptional Achievement 2017, in the field of Films.”