On Friday, 22nd Feb 2019, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi received the distinguished 2018 Seoul Peace Prize in recognition to his efforts in international cooperation and promoting the economic growth in the world’s fastest growing large economy.
The award committee had assessed over a hundred candidates proposed by over 1300 nominators worldwide. It is awarded biennially to the individuals who have contributed to the harmony of mankind, reconciliation between nations and to world peace.
The Seoul Peace Prize Foundation presented the award to him at a grand ceremony. The life and achievements of Prime Minister Modi were also presented through a short film screened at the event. The Seoul Peace Prize Award Committee recognized the efforts of Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the growth on Indian and world economies and acknowledging ‘Modinomics’ for reducing the economic and social disparity between the rich and the poor.
Being the 14th recipient of the prestigious award, he dedicated the award to people of India and donated the prize money of $ 200000 to government’s ‘Namami Gange Programme’ to effectively reducing the pollution and conservation and rejuvenation of river Ganga.
PM’s corrective measures to make the government cleaner through his initiatives for anti-corruption and demonetization were also lauded by the award committee. Past laureates include distinguished personalities like German Chancellor Angela Merkel, UN Secretary General Kofi Annan and esteemed international organizations like Doctors Without Borders and Oxfam. Prime Minister Modi expressed his gratitude for the prestigious honor.