Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been awarded the Seoul peace prize in 2018. He has been awarded for his contributions in the development in both national and international economic sectors and for reducing the amount of existing discrimination among the rich and the poor sections of the society.
The head of the Seoul Peace Prize Cultural Foundation, Kwon E-hyock made this announcement on Wednesday, October 24.
As per reports, the president of the selection committee said that they have gone through a deep scrutiny. Around 100 candidates were part of the nomination for this award which included various politicians, business leaders, religious leaders, scholars, journalists, cultural figures, artists, athletes.
PM Modi has not only became the 14th recipient of the peace prize but is also the first Indian to bag this award. As per reports, the reason behind PM Modi winning this award is for his unconditional efforts to improve the lives of various poverty-stricken people of India. He has also established peace ties across the globe in order to promote international peace among the regions of the world.
Reportedly, the committee also appreciated the Prime Minister's initiative to clean the Indian government from corruption and for his policy of demonetization. PM Modi has also been credited for some of his policies like, “Modi Doctrine” and the “Act East Policy. He will be awarded a prize of $200,000 along with a plaque
Recently, On September 26, 2018, PM Modi was also awarded the 'UN Champions of the Earth' Award for his contribution in making the environment of our country clean. He received the award from the United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres at the 73rd United Nations General Assembly. This is one of the biggest environmental honours.
International Olympic Committee Chairman Juan Antonio Samaranch was the first recipient to receive this award in 1990. He was followed by the US Secretary of State George Pratt Shultz, the Doctors Without Borders nonprofit organization, Nobel Peace Prize laureate Denis Mukwege and UN secretaries-general Kofi Annan and Ban Ki-moon, Angela Merkel, to name a few.