Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday received the prestigious Goalkeepers Global Goals Award for his Swachh Bharat programme. Microsoft founder Bill Gates honoured him with the award at a ceremony held in New York City.
Over one lakh people have signed an online petition urging the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to rethink their plans to honour PM Modi in light of his questionable policies violating the human rights of Indians particularly in Kashmir. But the foundation had refused to change its mind.
Speaking at the event, PM Modi said, “This honour is not only for me but for the millions of Indians who not only helped to fulfil the pledge of Swachh Bharat or Clean India, but who also made it a part of their daily life.”
Modi congratulated Bill and Melinda Gates for their initiatives in the social sector after having achieved success in their lives.
Modi 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.”
Modi said that when he first mooted the idea of Clean India, the reaction wasn’t favourable. But that reaction, he said, did not matter since, according to him, his concern was only to create a clean India for ‘130 crore Indians.’
He said that he dedicated his award to those Indians who reciprocated his calls to make India clean.
The Goalkeepers Award was first started in 2017 with several top global personalities including Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, former US President Barack Obama and activist Malala Yousafzai speaking at the event in the past.
Modi said that India had almost achieved 100 percent success in its Swacch Bharat campaign.