RNS: Prime Minister Narendra Modi is all set to receive another award for one of his ambitious projects –the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan — from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. The foundation has decided to confer the prestigious award on PM Modi during his visit to the United States.
“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 an award from Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation for #SwachhBharatAbhiyaan during his visit to the United States,” MoS PMO Jitendra Singh tweeted.
In 2014, Modi had announced the Swachh Bharat campaign and vowed to eliminate open defecation nationwide in five years. The mission has two thrusts: Swachh Bharat Abhiyan (rural), which operates under the Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation, and Swachh Bharat Abhiyan (urban), which operates under the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs.
Now, India is set to impose a nationwide ban on plastic bags, cups, and straws from October 2. Recently, the prime minister had underlined the importance of shunning single-use plastic both in his latest Mann Ki Baat radio broadcast and in his address to the nation on Independence Day.