Prime Minister Narendra Modi received the “Goal Keeper Award” for Swacch Bharat Mission, on Wednesday, 25th September 2019. Swacch Bharat Abhiyan was launched on 2nd October 2014 to initiate a cleanliness campaign all over the nation.
The “Goal Keeper Award” is a special recognition award by The Gates foundation of Bill and Melinda.
This award was presented to PM Modi for his dedication and commitment towards the global goal of cleanliness and hygiene through excellent service and planning in his country and for giving this movement a global recognition.
PM Modi dedicated the honor to the 130 crore Indians, who he thought was the reason for the success. He forenamed the movement as a “People’s movement” saying that the success of the Swacch Bharat Mission is due to the people of India. The award ceremony took place on the sidelines of United Nations General Assembly session on the second day of PM Modi’s week-long visit to the United States.
On receiving the honor, PM Modi congratulated the country on the remarkable achievement, quoting Gandhiji as an inspiration and sharing a record of over 11 crore toilets that were constructed in the last 5 years of the mission. He also remarked that the mission aims to achieve a universal sanitation coverage and about 90 million toilets have to be constructed yet, to eliminate the defecation by October 2, 2019.
He very proudly announces a rural sanitation coverage increase to 98% from 38% four years ago. As many as 3 lakh human lives have been saved due to improvement in sanitation facilities in the last few years and this is a huge achievement of the Mission, says the World Health Organisation (WHO).
Appreciating the Prime Minster’s thoughts and actions, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation picture the Swacch Bharat Mission as a global model for other countries around the world that need to take urgent steps.
We, The Indians, are very proud of this achievement!