The Jury recognised Dr Pathak’s work for the improvement of sanitation and production of bio-gas that is changing health and wealth outcomes for the poorest people
Founder of Sulabh Sanitation and Social Reform Movement, Dr Bindeshwar Pathak was felicitated with the “Lifetime Achievement Award 2018” by the Union Minister of Commerce & Industry and Civil Aviation, Government of India, Dr Suresh P Prabhu, the Chief Guest at the Annual Session of the PHD Chamber of Science and Commerce held on 28th September, 2018, at Dr Ambedkar International Centre, New Delhi.
Dr Pathak was selected by an esteemed external Jury for being an active social reformer, prolific writer and speaker. The Jury recognised Dr Pathak’s work for the improvement of sanitation and production of bio-gas that is changing health and wealth outcomes for the poorest people.
“The rules which are becoming obstacles need to be closed. I have also asked the PHD Chamber to outline those rules so that the process of business can be made smooth,” Commerce and Aviation Minister Suresh Prabhu said during his speech.
On this occasion, awards were given to many celebrities of the country who contributed in different fields. Anil Khetan, President of PHD Chamber welcomed Suresh Prabhu and prominent guests.
Sulabh founder Dr Pathak has been playing an active role in cleanliness as well as in other social sectors for the last 50 years and for his social work, more than 100 such awards as ‘Stockholm Water Prize’, ‘23rd Nikkei Asia Prize for Culture and Community’ have been presented to him. He invented many techniques for the country’s two greatest challenges untouchability and sanitation. The result of these inventions is that today ‘Sulabh’ is synonymous with sanitation and toilets.
Other awards were also given besides ‘Lifetime Achievement Award’. Powergrid was honoured with ‘Good Corporate Citizen Award’, Gail (India) Limited and Dabur India Ltd were given ‘Award for Outstanding Contribution to Social Welfare’. On behalf of Ravikant Jayapura, Chairman of Varun Beverages Limited, Rishi Anand, the founder of ‘Distinguished Entrepreneurship Award’ and ‘Laksham’ was presented the Special Jury Award for Social Work by a Woman.
PHD Chamber Annual Awards for Excellence are one of the most coveted honours in the industry which are given once a year during the Annual Session of the Chamber. The sanctity of the Awards is further enhanced because each nomination goes through a strict process of screening and finally decided by an esteemed external Jury which this year was chaired by Justice TS Thakur, Former Chief Justice of India, who was supported by eminent Jury members like Meera Shankar, an Indian diplomat who served as an Ambassador to the United States of America, PK Malhotra, Former Secretary, Ministry of Law and Justice, Government of India, and H K Dua, Former MP (Rajya Sabha).
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