How & When it Started
Influenced by his grandfather Mr. Vasantrao Bombatkar (Sarvodaya leader) since childhood, Ashish had read the literature written by Mahatma Gandhi and the great saint Vinoba Bhave. He was touched upon by their teaching that “youths should serve the villages as real India lives in villages”. A young lad in 7th standard, he decided to become a doctor and serve the rural part of India. In his younger years, while still in high school, Ashish had an opportunity to attend “Shram Sanskar Shibir” organised by great social worker Baba Amte. All above laid a strong foundation for his future social life.
As a medical student, Ashish visited various rural and tribal health projects run by Dr.Prakash and Dr.Manda Amte ; Drs. Abhay & Rani Bang, Dr. Ravindra Kolhe, Dr. Sudarshan, etc. His visits to tribal areas helped him realize that the tribal areas need medical facilities to a much larger extent as compared to rural areas in our country. He decided to start hospital at Melghat.
During Post Graduation,at Government College, Nagpur, he lived a very simple life and managed a little savings. In 1998 he resigned from the MGIMS, Sevagram and registered a voluntary organization named 'MAHAN' and started hospital in Melghat. In the beginning, there was no financial support from anybody. He used his savings for running hospital in Melghat. After few months started some help coming in. First one & major help was from honorable Dr.Sushila Nayar President Sevagram Medical college. Click here to read more about supporters.
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