New Delhi, September 2: Days after being conferred with the "Order of Zayed", the UAE's highest civilian honour, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be accorded with yet another accolade. On his visit to the United States later this month, the prestigious Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation will award Modi for the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan or the Clean India Programme of his government. Modi to Address UNGA on September 27; Focus Likely on Climate Change, Counter Terrorism.
Union Minister of State (MoS in the Prime Minister's Office (PMO), Jitendra Singh, announced on Monday that Modi's sincere effort towards transforming India will be honoured by yet another international body. The award, he confirmed, will be conferred on the Indian PM's visit to the US this month, where he is also scheduled to address the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA).
"Another award,another moment of pride for every Indian, as PM Modi's diligent and innovative initiatives bring laurels from across the world. Sh @narendramodi to receive award from Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation for #SwachhBharatAbhiyaan during his visit to the United States," Jitendra Singh said on social media.
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Another award,another moment of pride for every Indian, as PM Modi's diligent and innovative initiatives bring laurels from across the world.
— Dr Jitendra Singh (@DrJitendraSingh) September 2, 2019
Launched in 2014, the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan is one of the pet projects of Prime Minister Modi. The programme aims to rid the nation of open defecation -- a societal blot which has existed due to the lack of toilets despite seven decades of independence.
Over the past five years, the government has succeeded in building 90 million toilets, as per the official figures. Several towns and villages have, in the process, being declared "open defecation free (ODF)".
Notably, Modi is scheduled to address the gathering of world leaders in New York at the UNGA on September 27. His visit to the country will begin much before, with the Prime Minister being scheduled to address over 50,000 people at "Howdy! Modi", a town hall-styled event organised by the Indian diaspora in Houston, Texas.