Dr. Sunil Kumar Nag, Chairman
Consultant Physician & Pediatrician M.B.B.S (Cal), D.M.C.W (Cal), Certificate in Applied Psychology (Cal), Certificate Institute of Child Health (London). Formerly State President, IMA (Indian Medical Association) & Baby-Friendly Hospital initiative, Received award for Women Development and Social Welfare from His Excellency. Governor of W.B. Shri N.K. Narayanan in December 2013.
All health and hygiene projects of Aranyaj are running under his direction. He is one of the leading icons who first started mass campaigning on the importance of breastfeeding in the early 80s & conducted thousands of seminars on health issues.
He is the head of Mohanananda Hospital where treatments are done at one-third costs. There is a special unit for thalassemia patients where 50 children are getting treatment including blood transfusion at a negligible cost. He gave a motivating speech in our seminars on breastfeeding, thalassemia prevention, health, and hygiene. He has donated many costly medicines and also communicated with medicine companies and availed us of medicines at discounted rates. He never hesitates to serve the islanders of Sundarban and go to remote islands in motorized-country-boats. At the age of 77 years he has come During the covid-19 pandemic situation he never hesitates to treat.
Mrs. Amrita Bose Gupta, Secretary
MSc (Chemistry), B.Ed
The founder member started her career as a teacher (now in Delhi Public School) but she is passionate to serve the nation and nature from her childhood. Last fifteen years she has been working hard on this mission. Committed and sincere, she is now engaged in building strategies, designing and implementing projects towards conservation of nature and its resources, green & eco-education, and health and livelihood support to the fellow-citizens who are not privileged. In the year 2008, she founded this organization with like-minded and committed people.Initially, she started plantation & green education for school students. In 2014, she first noticed the crisis of the inhabitants of Sundarban while conducting the green-education program for the students of Kendriya Vidyalaya.
Poverty in Sundarban is cyclically entwined with the ecosystem; increasing economic stress makes people recklessly feed on natural resources which, in turn, leads to its erosion and increases external biotic pressure on Sundarban Biosphere Reserve. At the same time, they are risking their lives during their livelihood venture. As ill fate, they often become the victim of tiger or crocodile attack. These facts shook her conscience and she has started working on providing an alternate livelihood for the islanders especially the widow and the survival.
She realized that they are the work-force whom we can utilize as a protector of Sundarban. So she decided to uplift their educational, financial, and health condition to protect Sundarban from human interference. Initially, Amrita with her core team members visited many households of remote islands of Sundarban. Some of the places are so difficult to go to that it used to take 10 to 11 hours from Kolkata by crossing several creeks and rivers. Amrita with her team stays in villagers’ cottages which not only helped her to understand their difficulties but also developed a strong bonding with the islanders. Subsequently, she went to Delhi and knocked on the door of different PSUs & asked for financial assistance to boost up our activities in Sundarban. Finally, Oil India Ltd., Indian Oil, ONGC came forward to support us. One thing that has always kept her worried, the issues related to the economic empowerment and inclusion of women in the mainstream. In 2017, with financial assistance from ONGC, we started 3 sanitary napkin production and distribution units (project NANDINI) at Dumdum, Ashokenagar, and Sundarban. More than 200 women have already received livelihood support for their family under project ‘NANDINI’. So far more than 1,00,000 school-going girls and needy women got free pads under this project. Already Amrita has started to chase her dream to ‘Save our Sundarban’ with her NANDINIs. They are now restoring mangrove buffer and involved in wildlife rescue-rehabilitation-protection.
She poured out her teaching experience into the development of Society. She designs rallies, roadshows, audio-visual shows, and all demonstration programs. Apart from the administration, she looks after all academic affairs of the NGO. She is a researcher and writer of many environment-related articles (published in print and electronic media), the script of street drama, or skits. She is an excellent motivator through public speaking and writings. She believes that each individual has the potential to do their part towards the development of a nation sustainably, just need to rekindle the will. She always says- live simple, be the change, don’t blame others, and take responsibility do your part.
Mrs. Alpana Sen, Assistant Secretary
Mrs. Sen is a dedicated member. She takes initiative in arranging and collecting ration & cloth relief. She has motivated privileged communities in many snobbish areas to lend their hands towards the islanders. She plans and takes care of the nutritional chapters which include ration, grocery, stokes, etc of our all such initiatives. She also makes the strategy for age-appropriate nutritional but comparatively cheaper food for our students of the Pathshala project. She guides the educators mainly on how to cook food keeping its nutritional content maximum.
Miss Upasana Bose, Treasurer and Cultural Coordinator, Activist
(MA, Vocal Music, Rabindra Bharati University)
She took the initiative to form ACT (Aranyaj Cultural Team), with 40 volunteers. Under her able guidance, this group played an active role in different activities and awareness drives of the society throughout the years. She has scripted and directed several street dramas. Her team is always at the forefront of any roadshow.
OUR ADVISORY BOARD MEMBERS
Shri Anjan Sen
Former Senior General Manager Finance (CA), Tata Consultancy Services (TCS). He joined us after he retired from TCS when he came back from Mumbai in 2016. At That time we were groping to fulfill the accounting requirements of different PSUs.
Funding increased and so the need for keeping proper accounting and control was felt. Then Mr. Sen was attached to us. He has expertise in designing financial systems and Internal Controls. We appointed him for bringing our so-called note based bookkeeping to proper formal accounting. And then started the journey, from excel to Tally and now QuickBooks. Our accounting, record keeping internal controls, and Reporting gradually grew into a robust system, any funding agency/donor now can rely upon. He also visited our project site at Sundarban and also reviewed documents produced for fund utilization. Today we are up-to-date in respect of filing requirements with statutory bodies because we derive authentic numbers in time.
Mr. Gupta is the son of an eminent social worker and academician late Dr. Sukumar Gupta (Principal, Bangabasi Evening College, President Bangiya Vigyan Parishad) and Late Dr. Ira Gupta (general physician, dedicated her life in the development of health and education of slum children of Kolkata). Mr. Gupta in his early days used to participate actively in several roadshows, plantation drives with his parents. Especially in the 1980s every year 6th August on Hiroshima Day the largest non-political rally in Kolkata in those days was conducted by Bangiya Vigyan Parishad under his father’s leadership with the slogan ‘Say No to War’ which is very relevant in the 21st century too.
In his college days, he conducted some science exhibitions, street drama, and plantation drives. In 2004 the tsunami in Andaman had shaken his conscience. He took initiative to raise funds and motivate others to raise funds for the tsunami victims. He inspired us to form the Aranyaj Society with a mission to serve
nature and the underprivileged section of our society. Since then he is enriching us with his valuable advice and guidance. Besides these, he is pouring his professional skill as an entrepreneur in developing and encouraging villagers towards organic farming. Whenever there is a crisis in our organization, he comes forward to manage it. He has raised and arranged funds several times for our events or whenever there is a shortage in the fund.
Dr. Rina Ghosh
Chief Medical Advisor
Consultant Physician & Pediatrician, Neonatologist. Faculty, Institute of Child Health (Kolkata). Specialization in Vaccinology. Nodal Person in WHO (World Health Organisation) in AFP Surveillance Program. Board of Member (W.B.) in AEFI Committee. (A Govt. of India Project), PCPNDT Committee Member, Govt. of W.B. Rina Ghosh has been attached to us since 2015. She is the main speaker of our health-related seminars. She has vast experience in the field of child health care. During our health program in Sundarban, she saved the precious lives of many children. Get them well from critical diseases. People of
Sundarban of that locality felt lucky as they got physicians like her in those remote places. She has donated many costly medicines and has taken initiative in our deworming programs at Sundarban. She has treated many severely stunted children with care. She arranged free treatment in Kolkata for the critical patients from Sundarban.
Dr. Prasanta Pal
Renowned Doctor (Medicine) in Kolkata, was attached with Chittaranjan Medical College as Professor. Now he is attached with Baharampur Medical College. He has been actively attached with us since 2011. He delivers his valuable speech in a seminar on general health & hygiene & joined in many health camps as a Physician.
Dr. Sabitri Dey
Medical advisor and expert physician
Gynecologist, a Retired doctor from N.R.S. Medical College. Received award from His Excellency Governor of W.B. Shri N.K. Narayanan in December 2009.
She has treated many critical gynecological patients in our healthcare programs at remote islands in Sundarban. She guides our health-workers towards pre-natal and ante-natal care for mothers.
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