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Bill and Melinda Gates thank India for Padma Bhushan | Zee News
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New Delhi: Philanthropist couple Bill and Melinda Gates on Wednesday thanked the Indian government for naming them for Padma Bhushan, one of the country`s top civilian honours, saying they were excited to see the progress India was making.


"We are honoured to receive the Padma Bhushan award for social work alongside so many distinguished awardees and thank the government of India for conferring this high distinction upon us," they said in a statement.

The couple said their work was guided by the belief that all lives have equal value. "We are excited to see the extraordinary progress that India is making in improving the lives of its people."

"With landmark policy announcements in healthcare, sanitation and financial inclusion, it has shown that, with the political will, the right tools and strong partnerships, it is possible to reach the most vulnerable populations with the services they need to live healthy and productive lives," the statement said.

Bill and Melinda Gates were named for Padma Bhushan in the Republic Day honours list on January 26 for social work.

Their Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, started work in India in 2003 to prevent HIV/AIDS. It has since expanded its work to areas including vaccines, maternal and child health, sanitation and agricultural development, and has an office in New Delhi.

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The Co-Chairman of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Mr. Bill Gates calls on the Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, in New Delhi on November 16, 2016.


 

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The Co-Chairman of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Mr. Bill Gates meeting the Union Minister for Electronics & Information Technology and Law & Justice, Shri Ravi Shankar Prasad, in New Delhi on November 17, 2016. The Minister of State for Electronics & Information Technology and Law & Justice, Shri P.P. Chaudhary is also seen.


The Co-Chairman of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Mr. Bill Gates meeting the Union Minister for Electronics & Information Technology and Law & Justice, Shri Ravi Shankar Prasad, in New Delhi on November 17, 2016. The Minister of State for Electronics & Information Technology and Law & Justice, Shri P.P. Chaudhary is also seen.
 

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The Co-Chairman of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Mr. Bill Gates calling on the Union Minister for Health & Family Welfare, Shri J.P. Nadda, in New Delhi on November 17, 2016. The Ministers of State for Health & Family Welfare, Shri Faggan Singh Kulaste and Smt. Anupriya Patel are also seen.


The Co-Chairman of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Mr. Bill Gates calling on the Union Home Minister, Shri Rajnath Singh, in New Delhi on November 17, 2016.
 

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Mr. Bill Gates calls on the Union Home Minister

The Union Home Minister Shri Rajnath Singh met Mr. Bill Gates, Co-Chair and Trustee of the Gates Foundation, here today. While welcoming Mr. Bill Gates, the Union Home Minister appreciated the various welfare works being undertaken by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in India. Shri Rajnath Singh requested Mr. Gates to initiate health awareness programmes in India and suggested that the Foundation should concentrate on developing villages and make them "Model Villages" so that the local people get inspired. Mr. Bill Gates also explained about the various technologies being adopted by them in the field of agriculture and sanitation.

Mr. Bill Gates assured the Union Home Minister that the Foundation will offer constructive support to India.

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Mr. Bill Gates, founder of Microsoft and co-Chairperson of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, calling on the Union Home Minister, Shri Rajnath Singh, in New Delhi on November 16, 2017.
 
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