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Prof. P. N. Chhuttani and his Swachh Bharat Abhiyan

By : Khuroo M. S.         Dated : 12/12/2017

Reminiscences of my life events.

#Prof. P. N. Chhuttani and his Swachh Bharat Abhiyan  

It was my first day at PGI Chandigarh and around 8AM, I was rushing [as all faculty & residents would do] through long corridor of Nehru-Hospital to reach Seminar Hall-1 for the morning meeting. I spotted Prof. PN Chhuttani, the then Director PGI rushing to attend the meeting few wards ahead of me. He noticed some garbage in the corridor and asked the cleaner to clean it which he started complying. After some distance Prof. Chhuttani had to turn to right lane when he looked back and saw the cleaner sitting and garbage unattended. He rushed back towards the cleaner. I hide myself in the side lane and watched and pitied for the poor cleaner. But what he did shocked me. Without talking to and noticing the cleaner, he held the shovel and bucket and started cleaning the floor. The cleaner felt on his feet but it did not deter him.  I joined him in this noble job on this auspicious day and it took both of us around 15 minutes to clean the whole corridor and we silently walked to seminar hall to join the ongoing meeting. On the way and never after, he complained about the cleaner nor did he boost of himself to have done this job. I felt he considered that this job, if not done by cleaner is to be done by the Head of the family. After this I had multiple encounters with him (hopefully for future) which describes his elevated character and class as a human being. Over the years PGI Chandigarh has set as an example of Institution with a difference because of such stalwarts.