New Delhi, January 25-In continuation of the tradition of awarding distinguished citizens of the country who have accomplished exemplary deeds by serving humanity, this year too Modi government awarded 19 unsung heroes with Padma Shri for their great work in various fields.
Arunoday Mondal (52), or ‘Sunderban ke Sujan’, a doctor from a humble Dalit family, has been conferred with the prestigious Padma Shri “for tirelessly providing medical aid to the needy in remote Sunderbans for 2 decades.”
Mondal is known for traveling 6 hours every weekend to treat patients in remote Sunderban villages.
More than 250 people, 80% of whom are in the BPL, are treated by him every weekend across a range of treatments from cardiac to eye, thyroid, gynaecology and paedetritics. He also arranges medicines, conducts medical camps, blood donation drives.
After Bengal floods of 2000, he set up Sujan Surderban, a free medical service centre at his own residence in Chandanpur. Before starting Sujan, worked as a visiting doctor in remote flood prone parts of Bengal, having limited government services.
So far, Mondal has treated more than 4000 people.