India Today Group honours 16 cleanliness warriors at the Safaigiri Awards 2017

New Delhi 3rd October, 2017 - The third edition of India Today Safaigiri Awards felicitated 16 cleanliness champions at a glittering event that saw Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu in attendance.

TheSafaigiri awards were launched in 2015 after Prime Minister Narendra Modinominated the India Today Group and its Chairman and Editor-in-Chief AroonPurie as ambassadors of Swachh Bharat Abhiyan. This year, the India Today Groupalso recogised women safai warriors who have brought about change in theirvillage and district. Actor Bhumi Pednekar gave away special awards to these Swachhtahi Seva champions. 

Staying trueto his knack for witticisms, Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu said"felicitation is to give inspiration to others" at the third editionof India Today Safaigiri Awards.

VenkaiahNaidu, who was in attendance at the Safaigiri Awards last year as a Unionminister, said that earlier it was his duty to attend such events but now it isa matter of pleasure. "I have retired from politics but not tired frompublic life," Naidu said as the audience smiled.Commending India Today forhonouring citizens who are doing pioneering work in the field of cleanlinessand sanitation, Venkaiah Naidu said "media hold enormous potential forinfluencing public opinion and awards like these will give a big boost tocitizens and corporates to donate time and efforts to the cause ofSwachhata". 

Challengesin India are far more complex; India is culturally diverse, it is more denselypopulated, there is scarcity of water, and there is stigma associated withemptying pits which even Mahatma Gandhi could not help us erase, said IndiaToday Group Chairman and Editor-in-Chief Aroon Purie at Safaigiri Awards 2017. 

The winnersof Safaigiri 2017 are:

CorporateTrailblazer: Bharti Foundation

CommunityMobiliser: Shirish Apte

GarbageGuru: Green Nerds

Tech Icon:Sharad Kale

ToiletTitan: S Damodaran of Gramalaya

Best RiverCleaning Initiative: Thoothapuzha Samrakshana Samithi

WaterSaviour: Dilasa

Best PPP forCleanliness: Hindustan Zinc

Best SanitationApp: Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs and Janaagraha

CleanestReligious Place: Golden Temple

CleanestCity: Vadodara

CleanestDistrict: Mahe, Puducherry

CleanestVillage: Mawlynnong, Meghalaya

MostEffective Swachhta Ambassador:Amitabh Bachchan

Best AsianGovernment Cleanliness Initiative: Bangladesh

Best GlobalCleanliness Initiative: Waste to Energy, Sweden

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