Prime Minister Narendra Modi receives 'Global Goalkeeper Award' for the 'Swachh Bharat Abhiyan', from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Award presented by Bill Gates. Photograph:( ANI )
'This honour is not mine but of the crores of Indians who not only fulfilled the Swachh Bharat dream but also made it a part of their daily lives,' PM Modi said after receiving the honour.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday received a 'Global Goalkeeper Award' for the 'Swachh Bharat Abhiyan' at the United Nations General Assembly in New York.
The award, presented by philanthropist and the founder of Microsoft, Bill Gates, was given in honour of PM Modi's contributions to the cleanliness drive and efforts to "improve access to sanitation in India through Swachh Bharat Abhiyaan.
"This honour is not mine but of the crores of Indians who not only fulfilled the Swachh Bharat dream but also made it a part of their daily lives," PM Modi said after receiving the honour.
"In the last five years, a record more than 11 crore toilets were constructed," PM Modi said, adding, "If this mission has benefited someone the most it is the poor of this country and the women. "
"I have been told that in a report of Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation it was found that in India due to better rural sanitation, heart problems in children have decreased, and there has been an improvement in Body Mass Index of women," PM Modi also said.
The Swachh Bharat Mission was launched by the Modi government in 2014 and its components include the construction of household toilets, community and public toilets and solid waste management.
The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation's 'Global Goalkeeper's Award' is accorded to a world leader every year for their achievement in a specific sustainable development goal. Prior to the Indian Prime Minister, the previous winners have been Prime Minister Erna Solberg of Norway and President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf of Liberia.
The Award ceremony took place on the sidelines of the 74th session of the United Nations General Assembly here.