Did someone you know stop a crime by putting his or her safety at stake or bring about a change in the society around you? The Suraksha Setu project of the state government is all set to recognise such courageous as well as distinguished efforts by the public.
In a recent communique, the state home department announced awarding citizens and local organisations for the same. The ceremony would also feature a special bravery award for women. The initiative will have its first outing on a pilot basis in Ahmedabad.
While the exact date is yet to be decided by the authorities, sources indicated that the first such award ceremony may be held as early as March.
According to the state home department, the awards would shed light on those who have done good work and also inspire others to follow suit. There are four categories of awards — bravery, social change (NGO & individual), leadership and women’s bravery. Three awards will be given away in each category along with cash prizes of Rs21,000, Rs15,000 and Rs11,000, respectively.
“Category-wise nominations can come from police stations and zone-level recommendations through respective officers, while people can also self-nominate themselves and others using email, post and social media,” said Ruzan Khambatta, founder of Police Heart initiative and entrepreneur. Additional director of Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) and JCP, Special Branch, Ahmedabad, Shamsher Singh said a jury, headed by a senior police officer of the commissionerate along with another as member-secretary, as well as two eminent public figures and two representatives of charitable organisations would be formed to decide the winners from among those shortlisted.
“Anyone who has selflessly done something for the safety of others or the city as a whole will be considered for the bravery award. For the year 2012-13, we have already received many good nominations and more are expected to come in once the public is informed about the same. We aim to make this an annual affair,” said Singh.