Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to honour PM Modi for Swachh Bharat

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PM Modi for Swachh Bharat

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is set to receive yet another award, this time by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, for his ambitious pet project, the Swachh Bharat Abhiyaan.

Modi will be presented with the award during his visit to the United States of America later this month.

Hailing the announcement, MoS PMO Dr Jitendra Singh said in a tweet: “Another award, another moment of pride for every Indian, as PM Modi’s diligent and innovative initiatives bring laurels from across the world.”

Swachh Bharat Abhiyan was the first ambitious project launched by the Prime Minister in NDA’s first term at the Centre. The project was put in motion as a tribute to Mahatma Gandhi on his birth anniversary on October 2, 2014.

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is a private foundation owned by Microsoft founder and billionaire philanthropist Bill Gates and his wife Melinda Gates. It is reported to be the largest private foundation in the world, holding around USD 50.7 billion in assets.

Earlier this year, Bill Gates commended PM Modi for the mega health scheme that the Modi government had launched; Ayushman Bharat scheme aims to provide free healthcare to over 10 crore people across India.

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