His Highness Prince Karim Aga Khan received on Wednesday the Padma Vibhushan, the second highest civilian award in India.
The civilian award was presented to him by Indian President Pranab Mukherjee during a ceremony, according to NDTV.
The Aga Khan is currently on a visit to India and also met Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday.
“The prime minister praised the work of the Aga Khan Foundation, especially in the areas of rural development and sanitation, which, he said, he had the opportunity to witness first-hand when he was Chief Minister of Gujarat,” an official handout said.
Modi asked the Aga Khan Foundation to play a key role in the “Swachh Bharat” and “Ganga Rejuvenation” initiatives. He also sought the Foundation’s participation in building toilets for girl children.
Prince Karim Aga Khan said he was honoured to be receiving the Padma Vibhushan. He said the Aga Khan Foundation was already undertaking the task of construction of one lakh toilets, beginning with the state of Gujarat.
Aga Khan added that the Foundation was also involved in initiatives to promote health and hygiene, and to ensure potable water supply.
Modi and Prince Karim Aga Khan also discussed the current situation in West Asia.
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