New York, Sep 24 : Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be on Tuesday received the Goalkeepers Global Goals award from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF).
The award considered quite a prestigious one among development academics and practitioners globally will be given to the Prime Minister at the Lincoln Center of the Performing Arts. Mr Modi will be honoured with the award for his leadership in the field of sanitation through the Swachh Bharat Abhiyaan.
The scheme has helped provide 500 million people in India safer sanitation, the Foundation has said. The award is given every year to a world leader for achievement in a specific SDG (Sustainable Development Goal) and the previous winners have been Prime Minister Erna Solberg of Norway and President Sirleaf Johnson of Liberia.
There have been a minor row on the decision to give the award to Mr Modi this year as some sections had opposed it.
But the Foundation rejected the argument and said - “We work on the specific issues where we believe we can have the greatest impact for the world’s poorest". According to some observers, the Goalkeepers Global Goals award along with the Seoul peace prize and United Nations Environment Programme's Champions of Earth prize would boost Prime Minister Modi's global image as a performing leader focusing on peace, development and uplift the conditions of the poor. (UNI)