Shimla: Departing from the ceremonial function that is usually associated with a Governor’s position under the Indian constitution for the high dignitary, Himachal Pradesh Governor Acharya Devvrat led from the front to participate in a cleanliness drive today morning.
Picking up the broom himself and along with other staff members from Raj Bhawan, the Governor cleaned up some of the littered parts of Indira Gandhi Medical College & Cancer Hospital Campus.
The cleanliness drive is part of Prime Minister Narinder Modi’s Swatch Bharat Abhiyan that Devvrat has stressed upon immediately after assuming office as Governor of the state on 12 August, 2015.
“It was essential to preserve the beauty of the hill State which was possible only with the involvement of all sections of the society. Lakhs of tourists visit the state every year and in order to promote tourism, all towns, cities and tourist spots should be kept clean,” he said.
To bring in awareness among the people and motivate them to keep their surroundings clean, the governor said that he would participate in this campaign across the state.
During his visit to the medical college and the hospital, he also took round of all wards and met the patients and wished them a speedy recovery.
He directed the authorities to take effective steps for monitoring cleanliness in the campus and ensure the quality of diet provided to the patients.
He directed the Deputy Commissioner and PWD authorities to develop a small park and providing seating arrangement for patient attendants by putting up good benches.
He also asked the authorities to open a ‘ Jan Aushadhi Kendra ‘ inside the Cancer Hospital premises, so that patients and attendants need not have to go far for fetching medicines.