National doctors day: why this day is celebrated


July 1 is celebrated as Doctors Day across India in Dr Bidhan Chandra Roy’s honour.

This day commemorates the birth & death anniversary of legendary doctor & Former Chief Minister of West Bengal.

He was born on July 1, 1882 and died on the same date in 1962, aged 80 years.

Dr BC Roy was the CM for 14 years from 1948-1962.

Bidhan Roy is often considered the Maker of Modern West Bengal due to his key role in the founding of several institutions and five eminent cities, in Bengal: Durgapur, Kalyani, Bidhannagar, Ashokenagar, and Habra.

He is the residence of Kolkata, West Bengal and his father, Prakash Chandra Roy, was working as an excise inspector. His mother, Aghore Kamini Devi, was a pious lady and a devoted social worker.

Bidhan was the youngest of five siblings — he had 2 sisters, Susharbashini and Sarojini, and 2 brothers, Subodh and Sadhan. 

Roy was awarded Bharat Ratna in February 1961.

He opened several charitable hospitals Chittaranjan Seva Sadan, TB hospital, Kamla Nehru hospital.

West Bengal declare holiday on this day.

In United States and other countries, Doctors day is celebrated on March 30.

This day is dedicated to all the doctors to remind of their vital role and responsibility in our lives.

On this occasion my best wishes to all those who are associated with the medical profession. Saluting the selfless efforts of our doctors in providing the best medical services to all.


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