Sulabh founder receives Japan’s Nikkei Asia Prize

Tokyo, June 13: Social worker Bindeshwar Pathak, the man behind low-cost toilet revolution ‘Sulabh Sauchalya, was on Wednesday honoured with Japan’s prestigious Nikkei Asia Prize for his contribution towards culture and community. Pathak, the founder of Sulabh International, received the award for the invention of two-pit pour-flush ecological compost toilets that help provide low-cost environment friendly toilets to millions in the developing world. While accepting the award, Pathak dedicated it to the downtrodden sections in the society. The award was presented by Naotoshi Okada, President of Nikkei Inc, to Sulabh International founder, here on Wednesday. Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Infosys’ co-founder N.R. Narayana Murthy are among few Indians who have won this coveted prize in the past. (IANS)