Noted social reformer and founder of Sulabh International Bindeshwar Pathak was today honoured with Japan's prestigious 'Nikkei Asia Prize for Culture and Community' for his significant work in tackling poor hygiene and discrimination.
"This award will be another milestone in my commitment to the service of the society in Asia in particular and world in general," said 75-year-old Pathak while receiving the award from Chairman of the Award Committee Fujio Mitarai at a ceremony here.
He dedicated the prize to the downtrodden section of the society, according to a statement by the Sulabh International.
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 'Culture 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 Professor Nguyen Thanh Liem (Science and Technology), a Vietnamese doctor, for bringing cutting-edge medicine to children.
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