“Swachh Bharat Abhiyan (SBA) is not merely a programme, it’s a behavior change mission.” This was stated by Smt. Anupriya Patel, MoS (Health & Family Welfare)during the observance of ‘SwachhtaPakhwada’ at Dr. Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital, here today. At the event, SmtAnupriya Patel planted a sapling to initiate a ‘Tree Plantation’ drive in the hospital and also released the ‘SwachhtaPakhwada’ booklet. The Minister also administered the ‘SwachhtaPledge’ to the participants.Speaking at the function, SmtAnupriya Patel further stated that under the visionary leadership of the Prime Minister, ShriNarendraModi, the programme was started on 2nd October, 2014 and since then it has become an important social movement. She further stated that to achieve the goals of sanitation and cleanliness, every citizen has to play an important role and understand his or her responsibilities towards sanitation and cleanliness. “It all begins with the self, then from person to the family, from family to the society and from society to the nation, and if this happens it will not take much of a time for us to transform ourselves into a clean nation”, she stated.Appreciating the efforts of the Institute, SmtAnupriya Patel said that cleanliness activitiesshould not be limited to a ‘SwachhtaPakhwada’ but should be carried out throughout the year. The Minister was pleased to learn that the Institute has become environment friendly by choosing solar power and looked forward to a clean and green hospital.At the function, SmtAnupriya Patel also gave away the awards to the staff of the RML hospital for their contribution towards sanitation and cleanliness. She also awarded the winners of various competitions organized by the RML Hospital to mark the ‘SwachhtaPakhwada’.Dr V K Tiwari, Director and Medical Superintendent, Dr. Ram ManoharLohia Hospital along with the other senior officers, faculty and staff were also present at the event.