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‘Global Goalkeeper Award’ for the Swachch Bharat Abhiyaan to Prime Minister Modi

Global Goalkeeper Award to Prime Minister Modi for Swachch Bharat Abhiyaan
Global Goalkeeper Award to Prime Minister Modi for Swachch Bharat Abhiyaan

Every year, Goalkeepers presents the annual Global Goals Awards. These Awards tell the extraordinary stories of remarkable individuals taking action to bring the Global Goals to life and help achieve a better world by 2030. 

The prestigious award will be given at a ceremony on 24 September when Prime Minister Modi will be visiting the United States. He is travelling to the US to attend the high-level UNGA session that will be held at the world body’s headquarters.

Led by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF), The ‘Global Goalkeeper Award’ is given to world leaders who have demonstrated their commitment to the Global Goals through impactful work in their respective country and/or on a global scale. In 2015, world leaders agreed to 17 Global Goals for Sustainable Development to achieve a better world by 2030. Goalkeepers are dedicated to accelerating progress towards these Global Goals.

The Swachh Bharat Abhiyaan also known as the ‘Clean India Campaign’ was launched by PM Modi on 2 October 2014. It was among the first programmes announced by him in his first appointment as prime minister. The campaign aims to promote cleanliness across the country and provide sanitation facilities to all. The campaign is expected to be completed by 2 October 2019 to commemorate the 150th birth anniversary of the Father of the Nation, Mahatma Gandhi.

This year’s Goalkeepers annual report praises India for its innovative use of digital technology. Indian Governments use of ‘the JAM trinity’, where J stands for Jan Dhan Yojana, an Indian government programme to help poor people open bank accounts; A stands for Aadhaar, a programme to provide every Indian resident with a unique ID linked to biometric authentication like fingerprints, retina scan; and M stands for mobile phones. Together, accounts, ID’s, and mobile phones make it possible for the government to deposit money directly into people’s bank accounts and verify the recipients’ identity. This, in turn, helps the government to be much more precise about policymaking.

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