Report On Operation Maa

A new milestone achieved and A new star added to Mission ASHRA
          India’s first massive rescue operation for the derelict homeless women having mental health problems, “Operation Maa” was especially designed by Mission ASHRA of People’s Forum on 10th May 2006.

        Mission ASHRA achieved a new milestone in these three years of journey by rescuing 48 mentally ill women from through out Orissa are rescued under this 72 hours of operation called Operation MAA. Mission ASHRA engaged 20 specially trained volunteers and 8 ambulances for the rescue programme and covered all most all districts of Orissa such as Puri, Cuttack, Sambalpur, Khurda, Dhenkanal, Baragarh, Anugul, Jajpur, Kendrapada, Jagatsinghpur, Balasore Bhadrak, Baripada, Nayagarh, Phulbani, Boudh, Gajapati, Ganjam, Deogarh and Mayurbhanja.


Inaugural Session (10th May 2006)

              In the inaugural session of this daring step, State Information& Public Relation, Youth & Sports Minister Mr. Debasis Nayak (Chief Guest), NCC Chief of Orissa, Comoder K. Chaturbedi, Mrs. Kalpana Das, Ms. Sneha Mishra, Secretary Aina, were present at lower PMG on the auspicious occasion of inaugural of rescue mission. Mr. Panchanan Kanungo, ex-Finance Minister & Chief Advisor of Mission ASHRA and Sj. Laxmikanta Palit, Advisor of Mission ASHRA presided over the programme.

              Mr. Gobinda Pattanaik, Member Secretary of Mission ASHRA welcomed all the honourable guests of the day and addressed the meeting. “We will try to reach almost all the mentally ill destitute women and even not a single victim will let to die without food, care and treatment. Support may be expected from the government and the society, but any obstacle on tits path will not be a constraint for this endeavor. How ever we believe after taking this sensitive responsibility, people of our state will come forward and join their hands with us for those who are in need of infinite support in their endless journey,” as said by the Member Secretary cum Mission Director Mr. Govind Pattanaik.

The honorable guests wishing success for their mission lighted the lamp.

              Our 20 trained volunteers and 8 ambulances gathered at lower PMG. After all auspicious ceremony was over by the priest, State Information& Public Relation, Youth & Sports Minister, Mr. Debasis Nayak flagged off the ambulances and eight ambulances moved on their route along with the trained rescue team.


Closing Ceremony (12th May 2006)

                 In the valediction of the programme Operation Maa, Mr. Prafulla Chandra Ghadei, Hon’ble Minister Finance (Chief Guest), Mrs. Pravati Parida Chairperson, SSWB, NCC Chief (Orissa) Comoder K. Chaturbedi, Mrs. Deepa Padhi, Advisor Mission ASHRA, Dr. Nilamadhav Rath, Psychiatrist Head of the Department VSS Medical College, Burla, Dr. G.S Prusty Psychologist SCB Medical College,Cuttack, and Music Director and Advisor of Mission ASHRA Sj. Laxmikanta Palit were present to witness the historical achievement.

               After 72 hours of rescue operation, our rescue team reached at State Social Welfare Board (SSWB) with 48 patients from all over Orissa at 11AM. A small meeting was arranged threre. Mr. Gobinda Pattanaik, Member Secretary of Mission ASHRA welcomed the chief guest and all the guests of honour and addressed the meeting. The chief guest, Mr. Prafulla Chandra Ghadei and other honourable guests appreciated the daring step and extended all their support to this mission.
Mr. Sanjaya Pattanaik Director of Mission ASHRA delivered the vote of thanks to the honorable guests and audiences.

              The rescue team of Mission ASHRA and the volunteers washed and cleaned the patients and dressed them properly. Then Dr. Nilamadhav Rath, psychiatrist and Dr. G.S. Prusty, psychologist diagnosed the patients. Apart from psychiatric care, two doctors test them whether they have any other diseases as they have spent many days on the road. At last, all the patients were taken to the campus of Mission ASHRA
    
 

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