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Social activist and Sulabh International founder Bindeshwar Pathak has been awarded for his work in the field of public sanitation.

The 'NGO Leadership and Excellence Award', instituted by the World CSR Congress, was given to Pathak on the occasion of the World CSR Day on Tuesday and comprises a trophy and citation, according to a press statement.

Pathak founded Sulabh International in 1970 with an aim to liberate scavengers who manually clean toilets. He developed a low-cost toilet system for individual houses and public places which later became known as 'Sulabh Shauchalaya'.

The 'Sulabh Shauchalaya' are being used by over one crore people every day throughout the country and over 60,000 people are directly associated with this initiative.

Founder of World CSR Congress R Bhatiya said the jury and board members selected Sulabh for the award keeping in mind the social activist's contribution in the field of public sanitation.

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