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PM Modi Receives ‘Global Goalkeeper’ Award For Swachh Bharat Campaign

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi was conferred with the ‘Global Goalkeeper’ award on Wednesday, September 25, 2019, by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, for his 'Swachh Bharat Mission' which was launched by his government.

Bill Gates giving the award to PM Modi. Image Credit: PM Modi Twitter handle

Expressing his happiness after being awarded the honor, PM Modi said that the credit goes to the countrymen for their contribution to the grand success of the cleanliness drive.

Praising the people of the country, he said that when 130 crore people take a pledge together, any challenge, whatsoever, can be overcome easily.

Telling about the Swachh Bharat mission he said that over 11 crore toilets were built in the country in the span of five years which was a record.

Poor people and especially the women and girls were benefitted the most by this campaign, he said.

"Due to lack of toilets, a number of girls had to drop out of schools. Our daughters want to study, but because of lack of toilets, they had to abandon their education mid-way and sit at home."

He also added that getting this prestigious honor in the year of Mahatma Gandhi’s 150th year of his birth anniversary is really special, and personally significant for him.
Later in his tweets, he also thanked the people of the country and said that he has dedicated this award to all the Indians who made it to possible to achieve the goal of sanitation.

The efforts made by his government have also been recognized and acknowledged by the World Health Organization (WHO) as well, he said.
Speaking of the cleanliness drive itself, then it was launched in the country back in 2014, on October 2.
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