The Rajiv Gandhi Memorial Sulabh Sanitation Award was instituted to be given to a leading institution or a person who undertakes to promote sanitation and environmental protection in a commendable way and produces a significant impact on people.

The award, which carries Rs. 2 lakh cash and a gold plaque worth Rs. 1 lakh, has been instituted in the name of the late Prime Minister, Mr. Rajiv Gandhi, who took enormous interest in protecting the environment and promoting sanitation. He became an icon of this cause. Mr. Gandhi amended India’s 20-Point Programme to include abolition of scavenging as a priority area.