PM Narendra Modi receives Global Goalkeeper award for Swachh Bharat Abhiyan
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Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi received an award Global Goalkeeperon on Wednesday, September 25 by the Bill Melinda Gates Foundation.
PM, Modi shared his happiness and said, 'Getting the award in the year of Mahatma Gandhi's 150th birth anniversary is personally significant for me. When 130 crore people take a pledge, any challenge can be overcome, No such campaign was seen or heard about in any other country in the recent past. It might have been launched by our government, but people took control of it. As a result, over 11 crore toilets were built in the country in the last five years, which was a record.
He added on by saying,'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 midway and sit at home. It was the responsibility of his government to help the girls and women of the country come out of this situation and it had performed the duty with utmost sincerity,
He dedicated the award to those Indians who transformed the Swachh Bharat campaign into a "people's movement" and gave priority to cleanliness in their day-to-day lives.
Modi also said that the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation had also reported that as rural sanitation had improved in India, it had led to a decline in heart problems among children and improvement in the Body Mass Index (BMI) among women.
The campaign was officially launched on 2 October 2014 at Rajghat, New Delhi by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. It is India's largest cleanliness drive to date with three million government employees and students from all parts of India participating in 4,043 cities, towns, and rural areas. Modi has called the campaign Satyagrah se Swachhagrah in reference to Gandhi's Champaran Satyagraha launched on 10 April 1917.