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
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
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
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