Prime Minister Narendra Modi and António Guterres, Secretary-General of the United Nations, on Tuesday presented Mata Amritanandamayi Devi with an award for the largest contribution to the Swacch Bharat Kosh. The award was handed over during the Mahatma Gandhi International Sanitation Convention held at the Rashtrapati Bhavan Cultural Centre in Delhi. The Mata had contributed ₹100 crore to build toilets for the poor living along the banks of the Ganges.
Talking about Amritanandamayi Math’s dedicated service, Mr. Modi said: “I especially offer my pranams to respected Amma because ever since we started this work, Amma has taken this campaign very proactively on her own shoulders. Inspired by various great people and humanitarian leaders like Amma, this campaign has gained immense strength and has transformed from a campaign into a mass movement.”
The Prime Minister also thanked Amma for travelling to Delhi for the event, adding, “In this event marking the beginning of the 150th birth-anniversary celebrations of Bapuji, it is a matter of great joy that Amma was able to find the time to come here in person, adding glory and prestige to this entire function.” A video about Amma and her ashram’s cleanliness projects was played during the convention.
In addition to the Prime Minister and UN General Secretary, the event was attended by Uma Bharti, Minister for Drinking Water and Sanitation; Sushama Swaraj, Minister for External Affairs; Ramesh Jigajinagi, Union Minister of State for Drinking Water and Sanitation; Manoj Sinha, Minister of Communication and Minister of State for Railways; and Hardeep Singh Puri, Union Minister of State with Independent Charge in the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs.