Dr. Avinash Pol, a dental surgeon from Maharashtra, guided the residents of more than 70 villages in the state to help revive water bodies and learn about beneficial government schemes. He also helped them with sanitation work. He has been honoured with many awards, including the Baba Amte Manavta Puraskar and Rajashri Sahu Award.
It all began back in the 90s when young Avinash was a medical student in Pune’s prestigious Bharati Vidyapeeth Dental College. The college was often flooded with long queues of needy patients who were treated for free. Most of them arrived from remote villages and would wait for days for their turn to see a doctor.