New Delhi: The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation will award Prime Minister Narendra Modi for Swachh Bharat Abhiyan. Jitendra Singh, MoS PMO said on Monday (September 2) in a tweet, "Another award, another moment of pride for every Indian as PM Modi's diligent and innovative initiatives bring laurels from across the world. Sh @narendramodi to receive award from  Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation for #SwachhBharatAbhiyaan during his visit to the United States (sic)."

Clean India Mission, also known as Swachh Bharat Abhiyan was one of the first projects that was launched in PM Modi's first term at the Centre in 2014. The project was launched as an ode to Mahatma Gandhi on his birth anniversary on October 2, 2014.

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Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is owned by billionaire philanthropist and Microsoft founder Bill Gates and his wife, Melinda Gates.  In January, Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates took to Twitter to congratulate India on Thursday on the first 100 days of the Narendra Modi government's flagship healthcare scheme Ayushman Bharat Yojana.

The ambitious Ayushman Bharat or the National Health Protection Scheme, which was launched by Modi in August last year, aims to cover over 10 crore poor and vulnerable families (approximately 50 crore beneficiaries) by providing health cover up to Rs 5 lakh per family per year.