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Social reformer and founder of Sulabh sanitation movement Dr Bindeshwar Pathak was today awarded the prestigious 'Banga Moni' award here by the Michael Madhusudan Academy. 

Dr Pathak, also a , was chosen for the award for spearheading the Sulabh sanitation movement and for his efforts to uplift the down-trodden sections of the society, besides paying attention towards improvement of condition of the widows from Bengal who have been languishing in the ashrams of Vrindavan. 

The award is conferred to a person from outside of  who has made a remarkable contribution to uphold the culture of Bengal throughout the country and abroad, academy secretary Bidhan Dutta said. 

The award, which consists of a gold-plated medal and a memento, was given to Dr Pathak at a function here.

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