Prime Minister Narendra Modi was conferred the “Global Goalkeeper” award by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation on September 25. He was awarded for Centre’s ‘Swachh Bharat Abhiyan’.

In a series of tweets in Hindi, the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) said Modi lauded the countrymen for contributing to the cleanliness mission’s success, adding that he shared the honour with them.

The cleanliness campaign was launched by the Centre on October 2, 2014.

The prime minister 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.”

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