Delhi is often addressed as “Dilwalon Ki Delhi,” meaning Delhi belongs to those with a heart. However, Delhi is a passionate and motivated city as well. One unassuming, 76-year-old man is among those who continue to demonstrate that Delhi can also be referred to as “Daring Delhi.”
Though Seventy six-year-old Harjinder Singh is an auto but this auto driver operates his vehicles as an “auto ambulance” that offers free transportation to hospitals for victims of traffic accidents.
The auto-ambulance operated by Harjinder Singh has been in service for people since 1978.
What does his auto ambulance consist of? Singh’s auto always consists of a first-aid kit with basic supplies like bandages, antiseptic cream and lotion, and paracetamol.
“I always pull over when I see a car accident to see if anyone requires quick medical assistance. I then transport the injured to the local hospital.” says Harjinder
“I had been driving my auto for many years now. But it was in 1978 that I first offered this service. The only thought that came to my mind is that if one has the will to help people, then one can do it irrespective of whether a person is rich or poor. As long as I have body strength, I’ll keep doing it” says Harjinder proudly.
Harjinder’s family frequently requests that he must stop operating his vehicle and take a break at home, but he claims that working every day is a freeing experience for him. He believes that the more work he does, the healthier he will feel; otherwise, he would feel useless.
“I don’t want people of my age to understand that never try to be dependent on your children. One should be independent financially that you don’t need to ask anyone for money. I don’t want to be a hassle for my kids”he stated
He claims that giving free drugs to those with diabetes consumes a tenth of his salary. People frequently phone him, according to him, to ask about the free prescriptions for sugar after writing down his contact information that is placed on his autorickshaw.
Then, Harjinder writes down their addresses and phone numbers in his journal. Whenever he rides close to where they are, he phones them and drops off the medication.
He claims that his father instilled in him a desire to serve others, and that the “Bhai Kanhaiya Brigade,” an organization that organizes health fairs around the nation, also encouraged him to make this decision.
The Delhi Traffic Police also honoured Harjinder for his volunteer work. He was promoted to traffic police warden, and Delhi Traffic Police has given him numerous certificates of appreciation.
Serving others is something I consider to be a privilege. If I can save his life by getting him to the hospital on time
In addition, he claimed, “If I contribute to someone’s health, my own health will be taken care of.”
The septuagenarian, who previously held the position of general secretary of the union representing car drivers, claims he also inspires other auto operators to help people by providing free trips to those hurt in auto accidents. Many have done the same.
Service to others is service to God, according to Harjinder Singh’s message to the world.