Social reformer and founder of Sulabh sanitation movement Bindeshwar Pathak was on Saturday awarded the prestigious ‘Banga Moni’ award here by the Michael Madhusudan Academy.

Dr. Pathak, also a Padma Bhushan awardee, was chosen for spearheading the Sulabh sanitation movement and for his efforts to uplift the downtrodden sections of society, besides paying attention to the improvement of condition of the widows from Bengal who have been languishing in the ashrams of Vrindavan.

The award, which consists of a gold-plated medal and a memento, was given to Dr. Pathak at a function here.