Gurmeet Singh, who has been working towards the welfare of abandoned patients in Patna, is all set to receive this year's World Sikh Award in London.
Gurmeet Singh, who has been working towards the welfare of abandoned patients in Patna, is all set to receive this year’s World Sikh Award in London. Every night, Gurmeet Singh arrives at the Patna Medical College and Hospital (PMCH) to serve food and provide medicines to patients at the so-called abandoned or lawaaris ward. According to Hindu, Singh has been chosen from 100 entries received from all around the world in the category “Sikhs in Seva” by The Sikh Directory, an organisation based in London. In the dimly-lit ward with lime-green walls, the faces of the patients light up when Gurmeet Singh steps in at 9 every night. For over 20 years, Singh has been offering his undivided support to the lawaaris.
Every night riding on his white scooter Gurmeet Singh leaves his small garment shop in the busy Chiraiyatand, buys food packets from a roadside “Radhe Krishna” eatery, near Gandhi Maidan, stops at Braj Ballabh Ghosh, a wheel cart sweet shop at the busy Ashok Rajpath. Sometimes Gurmeet buys eggs instead of sweets for a “change of taste”. With his bag full, he enters the PMCH’s “abandoned” ward, washes his hands in the wash basin takes out the steel plates he has kept there and serves food to the waiting patients, The Hindu reports. Then he goes through the prescriptions of the patients and jots down the names of expensive medicines which he will buy.
How does he manage? “There is a donation box in our house. Our family of five brothers put away 10 percent of our monthly earnings in it. Our children do not celebrate birthdays or burst crackers during Diwali” Gurmeet told the Hindu. But as November 19, the day he will receive the award nears, Gurmeet is worried. Who will take care of the patients when he is gone to London? And how will he speak? As he puts it, “I do not know English, sir!”