Arun Singh who fed to more than 1000 for the past 3 months till the COVID-19 took him away
For the last 3 months, he was serving the people continuously. He had been toiling for hours every day, carefully handing over packets of food along with serpentine queues. He was away from his wife, son, and daughter...
On April 20, Arun Singh, a civil defence volunteer, worked through the day, but stayed on through the evening and single-handedly managed food at short notice for over 1,000 labourers stranded at Sector 25, Dwarka, the project site of a construction company. The 48-year old was one among the thousands of such volunteers forming the backbone of Delhi’s COVID response system.
For the last 3 months, he was serving the people continuously and unfortunately on July the 4th he had to be hospitalized for COVID-19 positive test. He breathed his last at Dwarka’s Venkateshwar Hospital around 9.30 pm Monday.
Singh was volunteering for the past few months, he had been toiling for hours every day, carefully handing over packets of food along with serpentine queues. Away from his wife, son, a student of Class IX, and daughter, who cleared Class XII board exams – the family could not celebrate the milestone together on Monday.
“He was among our most valuable staffers. He put in extraordinary efforts. Frankly, his performance was outstanding. Singh excelled at any and every task we entrusted him with. Be it distribution of food at the hunger points or work inside containment zones, he gave his 100 per cent. It is a personal loss for me,” Sub-Divisional Magistrate (Dwarka) Chander Shekhar has told to The Indian Express.
The active civil defence volunteers attached with the Delhi government, numbering around 13,000, take-home around Rs 18,000 a month. “He was the lone earning member of his family. His daughter cleared her Class XII boards on Monday. What will the kids and the wife do now?” asked his brother ML Singh.
His voice choking with grief, Singh said his brother Arun had been attached with the Dwarka SDM office for the last four years. The family stays at Som Bazar Road area of Uttam Nagar.
“On April 20, the labourers had started agitating. We were made aware of the development quite late, and reached the site only around 8 pm. The initial task was cut out — to arrange food for so many people. Singh put together all the arrangements and ensured all workers were fed almost single-handedly,” Shekhar said.
The labourers were finally sent back to their destination on May 12. Story from The Indian Express.