Kathmandu, 25 February : Prime Minister Narendra Modi today donated $ 2,00,000 prize amount received as part of Seoul Peace Prize to Namami Gange Fund run by the Centre to clean the Ganga.
PM Modi had announced his decison to contribute Rs 1.4 crore award money to the environment ministry-run fund in his speech at the award ceremony. He had also spoken of the effort to clean river Ganga, “which is not just the economic lifeline of millions of people but is also held sacred by us”. An official said the PM made the contribution before heading to Uttar Pradesh’s Prayagraj today.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi was conferred the Seoul Peace Prize. He dedicated the prize to the people of India.
News agency IANS reported that expressing his gratitude after receiving the prize, Modi said, “I believe that this award belongs not to me but to the people of India. It belongs to the success India has achieved in the less than five years powered by the strengths and skills of 1.3 billion Indians and on their behalf, I humbly accept the award and express my gratitude.” He added that the award was recognition of the philosophy that gave the world the message of “Vasudhaiv Kutumbkam (the world is a family)”.