Dr. Amrita Patel is Chairman of the Charutar Arogya Mandal and the National Dairy Development Board. As the Managing Director and later as Chairman of National Dairy Development Board, she was responsible for the implementation of Operation Flood, a national dairy development program of an unparalleled scale. The program has helped to promote, finance and deliver a variety of supporting services to a national cooperative dairy structure that presently includes more than 13 million members, mostly small farmers, from nearly 100,000 village dairy cooperative societies, contributing to an increase in per capita availability of milk in India from some 106 grams per day in 1967 to more than 258 grams per day in 2009.
Besides her presence on the Boards and Committees of several national and international bodies, Dr. Patel works closely with both policy makers and civil society organizations on issues relating to conservation of forests, strengthening community institutions, improving rural livelihoods and accessing property rights to community land, to improve the living conditions of the rural poor.
Dr Patel received several awards at national and international levels. In 2001, she was conferred Padma Bhushan by the Government of India for her contribution to animal husbandry. In 2008, she was awarded the Indira Gandhi Paryavaran Puraskar, the prestigious national award which recognizes the contribution of the recipient towards creating greater awareness among the people of the country on the need to preserve their natural environment. She received the ‘Dr Norman Borlaug Award’ for contributions in the field of dairy development and animal husbandry and for the leadership and dynamism shown in creating sustainable peoples’ institutions to meet their needs for fuel and fodder. She was awarded the ‘International Person of the Year’ for the year 1997 by the World Dairy Expo, Inc., Madison, Wisconsin, USA for commitment to improve India's rural health and environment and for efforts to foster better animal husbandry and increase producer productivity and incomes.
Under her able guidance, Charutar Arogya Mandal has realised it's Founder's vision: to offer comprehensive and personalised healthcare, delivered with commitment, compassion and at the most affordable cost to all those in need of it. It has become hospital policy not to deny treatment to even a single patient for the scarcity of funds.