Sampat Ramteke

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Sampat Tukaram Ramteke
Died17 November 2017
Known forSocial activism
AwardsPadma Shri (2018)

Sampat Tukaram Ramteke (Aug 1949 - Nov 2017) was an engineer and social activist from Nagpur, Maharashtra, India. In 2018, he was conferred the Padma Shri civilian honour posthumously, for his contribution in raising awareness about the sickle cell disease.[1]


He worked at Western Coalfields Limited (WCL) and retired as a superintending engineer in 2010.[1]

Social activism[edit]

Ramteke is considered as the torchbearer of the movement for raising awareness about sickle cell disease. It started when his son was diagnosed with the disease. In 1991, he founded the Sickle Cell Society of India (SCSI) and worked towards raising awareness about sickle cell disease for over three decades. Due to his efforts, patients with the disease came to be included in the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act (2016).[2][3]

Personal life[edit]

He and his wife had a son and daughter. He died in November 2017 due to cardiac arrest.[3]


  1. ^ a b "Padma Shri for Bangs and late Ramteke - Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 17 January 2019.
  2. ^ "Vidarbha stalwarts Bangs, Pantawane, late Ramteke honoured with 'Padma Shri'". Retrieved 17 January 2019.
  3. ^ a b "Sampat Ramteke, torch bearer for sickle cell patients, passes away - Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 17 January 2019.