About Us

About us

Our Belur Sramajibi Sramajibi Swasthya Prakalpa Samity's Main Committe Members

Below people are the key members of the committte.

a) President: Sri Sanat Chando Chandra
b) Working President: Sri Phani Gopal Bhattacherjee
c) General Secretary: Dr. Arun Kumar Saha

There are several other people as well in the committee.
 

RSBY Cell is managed by:

a) Swapan Chatterjee
b) Sujit Saha
 

Our Story--Sramajibi's Journey

Every shoe has its own story.

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    After walking for 25 years trough ups and downs of the roads on the same way of humanity, now we realize that none of us had ever bothered to keep a written record of this journey. We were few when we started. Now we are many. But we never felt someday we too have to tell our story, as a common man never tells how he arrived today!

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    Sramajibi Hospital is the today’s common name to initial Belur Sramajibi Swasthya Prakalpa Samity, a small effort on humanitarian cause.

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    How it came!

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    Once upon a time, there was a steel factory, Indo-Japan Steels Limited (IJSL) in Belur, Howrah, West Bengal, India. We, workers of this factory understood that there can many things be done after 8 hours duty than just spending the left 16 hours in leisure. Thinking this, we and our family involved ourselves in co-operative provision store, cultural activities, co-operative business (please visit 'Activities' page) and yes, health awareness.

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    Coming to health awareness at the very beginning, we tried some very unique formulae towards health. For an example, addiction to alcohol and beating the wife as an aftermath was very common to the workers. We started boycotting the identified person totally. This did the magic cure to the addicts.

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    Coming to health awareness at the very beginning, we tried some very unique formulae towards health. For an example, addiction to alcohol and beating the wife as an aftermath was very common to the workers. We started boycotting the identified person totally. This did the magic cure to the addicts.

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    During our initial phase in 1970s we eventually met a group of young doctors who were claiming from the government to have the right of treating patients properly and not in a way that always government makes for them. Unfortunately for this basic claim they had to start a movement, called Junior Doctors’ Movement, and even commit fasting in public.

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    In such a scenario, IJSL people and those doctors came together and found a common cause to move on and since then workers, the pushed back class of society, and doctors, the so-called fortunate class, became all Sramajibi.

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    Khamarpara was the ideal nearby place in Belur for any welfare. It is a workers’ colony, as good as slum. Small houses clinging each other, scarcity of sanitary system, no matter of education—all together a perfect workers’ area.

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    We realized at the very beginning most of the diseases in the area are due to unhygienic living style and can be prevented before actually it occurs. Thus we started area cleaning operation. Every Tuesday we used to go there and clean the roads and drains. Mothers used to make their children done with the morning matters before ‘they’ come for cleaning. Eventually we saw surge of volunteers from the area, mainly youths and house wives and became our group.

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    Then we felt the need of a health centre. The head master of the local Hindi Jagriti School then permitted us to use the corridor, a table, a chair and a bench of the school in evening. 2nd October, 1983, we started our very own Belur Sramajibi Swasthya Prakalpa Samity on the school corridor. School given bench was not for waiting people, it was the bed for check up, dressing and all other possible-impossible matters. A bulb could be arranged pulling wire from the adjacent Mr. Ramchandra Sharma’s house. Everyday, someone or the other of the locals would provide us chapattis, puffed rice or something as our food.

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    Unfortunately Madhukunda episode ended with only that event as Sadhubaba expired within a year.

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    Being in Khamarpara we started facing space problem and strong need of an indoor due to surge of patients with varied problems. Here NISCO steel factory of Belur came to our relief in 1988. They allowed us to use their union office for the purpose. Here we could start an operation theatre which could be operated eventually during operation camps.

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    Suddenly in 1993 NISCO union asked us to move away from there. Literally we became refugee then. From January, 1993 to February, 1994 we could not find a place to start again. And this was the time when IJSL was seeing severe threat to its existence, which would later result the step by step liquidation and suspension of work of the company leaving 800 worker families in dark desert. So we could not concentrate much on this Prakalpa matter also.

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    But good will does not stop by obstructions. IJSL allowed us to use the factory adjacent office house of Grand Smithy which was a sister concern of IJSL. A good old big two storied building with weeds became trees everywhere was given to restart. So flow poured in again. The ruin became a home-stay for Sramajibi and eventually became Sramajibi Hospital on 1st March, 1994.

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    Here we remember Mr. Shankar Guha Niogi in present Chattisgarh. Though he was a well established family’s son and a well educated person, he dedicated his life for the overall welfare of the mine workers of then Madhya Pradesh in Dalli-Rajhara region. There he along with locals started Shahid Hospital with the same idealism of Sramajibi Hospital. Two separate people’s initiatives were walking parallel. Shankar was murdered, establishing finally common people’s activity makes beaurocrats afraid always.

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    Here after all cleaning and face-lifting, most of which was done voluntarily, as the fund was of INR 40,000 only, we could establish an OT and get registration to accommodate four beds.

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    But OT! With INR 40,000! Yes possible. Workers of IJSL volunteered continuously after their 8 hours duty in factory. They went to R. G. Kar Medical College and Hospital in Kolkata with our doctors to see what is an OT table looks like! What OT lamp is and all. Finally they made OT table with scrapped iron, OT lamp with head light of motor vehicle under all supervision of our doctors. Later these workers, the social other backward class, made the orthopaedic table in same manner and with same interest.

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    From this stage, we continued our growing up, increasing our size, our strength, our service to people. But in this process we also continued to attack the health business scenario with our activities. How we could manage gall bladder laparoscope surgery with INR 4525 only, when even in government hospital it goes up to INR 20,000 to 25,000 and in private nursing homes even up to INR 40,000.

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    Beside this, workers of IJSL were staying in Sramajibi Hospital by turn and thus it was impossible for then closed IJSL management to move the properties of IJSL in nights and selling them without paying the dues to workers including PF, gratuities and even two and half month’s salary.

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    This scenario cannot last long. So undoubtedly we faced attack from police without any warrant from any court. Their allegation was we were occupying the land of Grand Smithy illegally. So for the mere sake of justice, police destroyed part of the hospital, thrown patients from their beds on to road, beaten up hospital personnel and what else. We had no other go than to go to court, where we own to truth.

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    In the mean time, during the annual maintenance of Sramajibi Hospital, we found a helper of the mason stops working to rest very frequently. Follow up and investigation revealed that he, Sirajul Mondal, was having heart problem since childhood which was never treated as treatment was always out of his family’s reach. Sramajibi Hospital had no infrastructure for such problem, which required an immediate operation. We sent Sirajul to one of the most famous government hospital. There he had to pay INR 1,00,000. He came back helplessly.

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    We performed operation on Sirajul’s heart with all the risks swinging on us. Thanks to the good will of common men, we succeeded.

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    But Sirajul’s case showed us the matter of enormous Sirajuls ending their lives in silence. We began once more. We calculated the real cost for heart operations and found the INR 25,000 will suffice the treatment including all medicines and hospital charges. Thus project ‘Hriday Chhuye’ (touching the heart) undertaken. That time we had neither money, nor place to start such a critical unit. But as usual we jumped in the flow.

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    Eventually for our favor we got the Grand Smithy building and adjacent land legally by the order of court. So space problem solved. Now money. We needed INR 1 crore (i.e. 0.1 million). We decided to gather the amount from people’s donation. So started ‘Hriday Yatra’ (journey to/from/for/of heart) by bus to cover entire West Bengal. Here we saw interest of people in a vast form. Persons from all the backgrounds and stages of society came along to help us. We are thankful to all of them.

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    27th March, 2005, project ‘Hriday Chhuye’ was inaugurated by Sirajul Mondal. Since then we are still performing heart treatments at Sramajibi Hospital.

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    Here it would be good to mention, since the first day of Sramajibi Hospital, we have never felt to increase the cost of any of our treatment packages.

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    Now the most prominent problem for us is the space constrain and real scarcity of volunteer doctors. Here we go today to solve the problem. We are taking the project ‘Swasthya Chai, Pran Chai’ (want health, want life) to build hospital and medical college at beginning and an entire eco-friendly, socio-friendly human community. Detail of this plan is given in the ‘NEW STEP’ page. Please do visit.

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    Here we are thankful to Dr. Malay Chaudhury, founder of Indian Institute of Planning and Management and Arabinda Chaudhury charity organization, who helped us mentally and financially to realize our project. We remain thankful to him as since then he never withdrew himself from helping us.