Ramkrishna Dental Care & Research Centre Pvt. Ltd. (RDCRC Pvt. Ltd.) through the Ramakrishna Welfare Trust is concentrating on its social responsibilities through a number of activities. 

Dr G R Ashok - a man dedicated to the betterment of mankind, whose simple, unassuming nature belies an uncommon zeal and vigour - had an identifiable moment of realisation in his life when he decided to spend as much time as he could helping his fellow human beings. This moment of realisation touched his life when he came in contact with a group of people - part of an organisation called MILT. In 1986, MILT Charitable Dental Clinic started at Tollygunge and Dr. Ashok's first dream of not having to extract teeth from mouths of people who could not afford a meagre Rs.40 for a filling was realised. Dr Ashok's association with MILT led to the inception and growth of a number of charitable social projects. The paragraphs that follow provide a small testimony to the life and work of Dr G R Ashok - a man in the service of God.

 

 

 

 

In the city, at the state-of-the-art dental centre at 27/2H, Bakultala Lane Kolkata 700042 which is the only centre which charges for its services.

For the economically challenged - at various Dental Clinics at:

Dental clinic at 208/4, Rash Behari Avenue, Kolkata 29.

MILT Charitable Dental Clinic at 13/2A, P N Mitra Lane, Tollygunge, Kolkata. 

Deb Dental Laboratory at Sachindra Pally, Garia, Kolkata 

Dental Clinic & Laboratory at Village Rajapur, P.O. Taldi, TALDI, 24 Pgs (S)

Sitanath Polyclinic at Cinema Road, Canning Town, 24 Pgs (S)

Lakshmi Dental Laboratory at No.1. Dhigirpar, Canning Town, 24 Pgs (S)

Comprehensive Health Care Centre at Village & Post Rangabelia, via Gosaba, Sub division Canning 24 Pgs (South) Pin 743370

With a fully equipped Air Conditioned Mobile Dental clinic on a Tata 407 named "Ramakrishna Dental Ambulance" with 2 dental chairs , the following areas are reached where electricity and water availability is a challenge:-

In and around Amoragori Village in Amta Block, Howrah District

In village "Satmukhi" beyond Canning & village Taldi of Canning Block I & II

In different areas in the city where poor children are being looked after by various NGO's.

School Dental Health Programmes are conducted in Kolkata city schools. Check- ups, awareness programmes, prevention lectures & exhibitions are conducted regularly in schools run by IIMC, Sonarpur, schools in Canning, schools in Gosaba Block & Basanti Block of Sunderbans, and schools in and around Amoragori, Howrah.

Ramakrishna Welfare Trust provides education facilities for the students of the weaker section of society in:

 

Amoragori Village by organising a coaching center for children of classes I to IV 

“Snehalaya" - a house for destitute children in Salt Lake, run by MILT FOUNDATION

 “MILT Residential School" - for destitute children in Simultala, Bihar, run by MILT FOUNDATION 

Computer education at Amoragori Village. 

Providing scholarships (full tuition fees and hostel fees of students of high schools and colleges)

Simultala

Simultala, in Bihar is a place of healing - known for its springs. It is a place where wishes come true, they say. Named after the Simul tree, whatever its more esoteric properties may be, it certainly is a quiet, serene, picturesque location.

Simultala personifies one of Dr Ashok's main areas of social service - working with orphan and destitute children.

The MILT Residential School is a testimony to the work MILT and Dr Ashok are doing among the needy people of the eastern states of India. All boys from the 7 Snehalayas named above after passing class five graduate to this school and study here till class 10.

Snehalaya

In 1988, MILT started Snehalaya (a home of affection) for orphan and destitute children, picking them up and caring for them. Today seven Snehalayas are in operation in four Metros of India - Kolkata, Chennai, Bangalore and Mumbai. These homes have the latest amenities and the children are brought up with care, love and sense of pride to grow up with confidence necessary to bring the best out of them.

Amoragori

Dr. Ashok's service activities extend beyond his association with MILT. This started with Dental camps from 1980. His idea was that every dentist should spend at least 10% of his time and money serving poor patients and practice some amount of free community dentistry to bring about prevention not leaving the whole responsibility on the Govt. This zeal took Dr. Ashok to different villages of West Bengal from 1980 to 1985 when finally he picked up two areas to work consistently to bring about prevention. One was Taldi-Canning area from 1982 and Amoragori (Howrah-Amta area) from 1985. Initially it was 3-4 times a year but from 1994 it has been once every month in Amoragori. In Taldi-Canning and Rangabelia area, the focus is on Dentistry alone where conservation of teeth is topmost priority whereas in Amoragori what started as dentistry is today encompassing the whole village development as a means to perhaps make it an ideal village. Developmental programmes are taken up on a regular basis. 

The Dental camps held in Amragori from 1985 to 2003 provided only consultation and advice, extractions, temporary fillings and lectures in prevention. But from 15th February, 2003 - a red letter day in Dr. Ashok's life - the first fully equipped AC Dental Mobile Clinic of Eastern India was inaugurated at Raj Bhavan by the then Hon. Governor His Excellency Sri Viren H Shah. Dental camps include conservative procedures in addition which help save teeth, specially of youngsters. 

Village Upliftment: The company through the Trust has, on a moral note, adopted a village called "Amoragori" beyond Amta in Howrah District where the following programmes are being conducted regularly more frequently since the last 10 years and less frequently since the last 20 years.

We have miles to go to make this an "ideal village" with programmes in self-employment, road building, character building and building professionals, which are not even touched till date. Most of the programmes in Amoragori are conducted in collaboration with social service organisations like: Rotary Club of Calcutta Metropolitan East, MILT, GOAL, Mysore Association Building Trust, Round Tables No 41& Ladies Circle No 65, Inner Wheel Club etc & philanthropic individuals like Smt Sudha Narain as well as a lot of doctors from different streams etc.

Health programmes

Eye clinic & eye operation camps

Dental clinic & awareness camps

Multi-medical camps & prevention programmes

Computer education at Amoragori Village.

Mother & child health programmes

Nutrition & hygiene programmes

Agriculture upliftment programmes 

Women upliftment programmes 

Drinking water facility by sinking tube wells

Formal & informal computer education programmes

Planting trees to maintain ecological balance. 

Rangabelia

The village of Rangabelia, situated in the heart of the Sunderbans, is home to the great Royal Bengal Tiger.

A village only accessible by waterways, the inhabitants of Rangabelia are mostly engaged in subsistence cultivation of the land, poultry farming, fishing, and pisciculture.

Villagers greet Dr Ashok like an old friend. The trust he evokes from these simple people is truly heartfelt. At the hospital in Rangabelia, patients are varied - mute testimony to the hard conditions that they have leaned to live each day with. Thanks to the hard work of people like Dr Ashok and his associates, there is surely new hope here. There is also certainly plenty to be done. After morning consultancy, Dr Ashok visits Rangabelia High School and educates the children about dental care and hygiene.

At Rangabelia, there are also interactive sessions between the assistants with various Women's Groups engaging them in small-scale and cottage industries. For Dr Ashok, the returning visits to Rangabelia never end. And for the villagers of Rangabelia, hope remains.

 

Dr GR Ashok

Managing Trustee

Dr R Rajeswari

Trustee

Sri Deepankar Bardhan

Trustee

Sri Shankar Khan

Trustee

Smt Mita Das

Trustee

 

 

© Ramakrishna Dental Care and Research Centre 2005.