Sushovan Banerjee
Bornc. 1938
Bolpur, West Bengal, India
Died26 July 2022
Ultadanga, Kolkata, West Bengal, India
NationalityIndian
Other namesOne Rupee Doctor
Alma mater
Known forPolitician, social worker, physician
AwardsPadma Shri (2020)

Sushovan Banerjee (c. 1938 — 26 July 2022),[1] also known as One Rupee Doctor, was an Indian physician and politician. He was known for treating needy people for one rupee. In 1984, he was the MLA of Bolpur. In 2020, he was awarded the Padma Shri by the Indian Government for his contribution in the field of medicine.[2]

Early life

Banerjee was from Bolpur, West Bengal. He did his graduation from R. G. Kar Medical College and Hospital and did his PG degree in Pathology from Calcutta University. Then he moved to London for a diploma in Haematology.[2]

Career

Banerjee had contested on an Indian National Congress ticket in 1984 and was elected as the member of the West Bengal Legislative Assembly from Bolpur. Since 1963 he was treating poor patients for just one rupee. Only during the COVID-19 pandemic he had to shut down his medical clinic for sometimes, otherwise his medical chamber was always open.[3]

In 2020 he held his name in the Guinness World Records for treating the maximum number of patients in a lifetime.[4] In the same year, he was awarded the Padma Shri by the Indian Government for his contribution on the field of medicine. He has also got a gold medal from R. G. Kar Medical College and Hospital.[5][6]

Personal life

Banerjee died on 26 July 2022, at the age of 84.[3]

Awards

References

  1. ^ "প্রয়াত '১ টাকার ডাক্তার' সুশোভন বন্দ্যোপাধ্যায়! শোকস্তব্ধ বোলপুর | Demise Of 1 Rupee Doctor Sushobhan Banjerjee". The Wall (in Bengali). 26 July 2022. Retrieved 28 July 2022.
  2. ^ a b "Bengal's 'one rupee doctor' dedicates Padma Shri award to his patients". The Financial Express. 28 January 2020. Retrieved 11 November 2021.
  3. ^ a b "Bengal's revered 'One Rupee Doctor' Sushovan Banerjee passes away". The Times of India. Retrieved 26 July 2022.
  4. ^ "দীর্ঘ ৫৭ বছর রোগী দেখে গিনেস ওয়ার্ল্ড রেকর্ডে নাম তুললেন 'এক টাকার ডাক্তার'". Sangbad Pratidin (in Bengali). Retrieved 11 November 2021.
  5. ^ Bureau, Medical Dialogues (27 January 2020). "Dr Sushovan Banerjee West Bengal's 'one rupee doctor' dedicates Padma Shri award to his patients". Medical Dialogues. Retrieved 11 November 2021.
  6. ^ a b "Dr Sushovan Banerjee, Who's Treated Patients For 57 Yrs, Credits Them After Getting Padma Shri". IndiaTimes. 28 January 2020. Retrieved 11 November 2021.
  7. ^ Correspondent, HT Bangla (26 January 2020). "পদ্মশ্রী পেলেন 'এক টাকার ডাক্তার'". Hindustantimes Bangla (in Bengali). Retrieved 11 November 2021.