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Biography: Durgabai Deshmukh

Durgabai Deshmukh is regareded as  the mother of social work in India. She was born in a middles class family in Kakinada in Andhra Pradesh. In 1937 she founded Andhra Mahila Sabha in Madras which to-day runs two hospitals, 2 colleges and 3 high schools. As Member of Parliament she worked to set up a social welfare board  in 1953 to carry out programs of educating, training and rehabilitating the needy women, children and the disabled. 

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Durgabai Deshmukh
Durgabai Deshmukh
Durgabai Desmukh (1909-1981) was a freedom fighter, visionary, administrator, educationist, social reformer and parliamentarian.

Deshmukh was the recipient of a number of awards including Padma Bhushan and the UNESCO award for outstanding work in the field of literacy.

Source: Press Information Bureau, Government of India, 2000


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