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Sulabh founder honoured with Japan's Nikkei Asia Prize

Press Trust of India  |  Tokyo 

Noted social reformer and of was today honoured with Japan's prestigious 'Prize for and Community' for his significant work in tackling poor and discrimination.

Launched in 1996, the award honours people in who have made significant contributions in one of the three areas: regional growth; science, technology and innovation; and and community.

Former and are among the few Indians who have won the prize in the past.

"This award will be another milestone in my commitment to the service of the society in in particular and world in general," said 75-year-old while receiving the award from of the at a ceremony here.

He dedicated the prize to the downtrodden section of the society, according to a statement by the

Mitarai said was bestowed with the honour for "tackling two of his country's biggest challenges poor and discrimination".

Pathak's two-pit pour-flush ecological compost toilets have helped provide low cost environment friendly toilets to millions of people in the developing world. They have also ensured the safety for rural women and freedom from the manual labour.

The award was given under 'and Community' category.

The other two winners were Ma Jun (Economic and Business Innovation), a Chinese environmentalist, for using the power of the internet to promote cleaner industry and (Science and Technology), a Vietnamese doctor, for bringing cutting-edge medicine to children.

Of met the winners on Tuesday.

The awards were created and presented by Nikkei Inc, one of the largest in

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First Published: Wed, June 13 2018. 12:35 IST