Helping the Needy in these Testing Times through Selfless Service

Mr. Arvind Kumar Singh from Bihar is working relentlessly to spread hope and goodness during the recent Corona epidemic and flood situation in Bihar.

At a time when the world is still coping with the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic, several samaritans are exuding positivity through their endeavours. Several NGOs, government agencies, social activists as well as entrepreneurs are working relentlessly to unite for various social initiatives and reach out to the underprivileged and do their bit to spread hope and goodness. One such person who has emerged as a ray of hope for many through his selfless service is Mr. Arvind Kumar Singh from Bajitpur, Goriakothi in district of Siwan, Bihar.

In the fight against corona virus, Mr. Arvind Kumar Singh stood at the forefront to help the needy and shoulder the responsibility in tackling the situation. Sensing the seriousness of this virus, he took up the responsibility and actively participated in creating public awareness about the steps taken by the central and the state government to protect the general public from Corona pandemic. To make people understand the gravity of the situation, social initiatives like “Meri Tandrusti Meri Taakat” and embarking on “Padayatra” to create social awareness by him were hugely successful among the local residents.

The plight of migrant workers of Bihar returning from different states during the lockdown disturbed him immensely as they were hit the hardest by the lockdown restrictions. He actively started working with local people in various states to provide food, lodging and transportation facilities to the returning migrant workers of Bihar, especially of his district. Mr. Arvind Kumar Singh and his team collected the data of workers from Bihar who were stuck in various states and helped them get tickets and board trains along with the arrangement of food & medical facilities. Although train services have restarted and the economy has reopened substantially, the movement of migrant labourers still continues. Mr. Singh has so far facilitated the return of around 5000 migrant workers belonging to various districts of Bihar including Siwan and Gopalganj to reach to their villages and home towns from many states by arranging for transport in buses, truck or trains. Mr. Arvind Kumar Singh also ensured that all the quarantine facilities in the district of Siwan are equipped fully to take care of the villagers against the COVID 19.

Not deterred by the spread of corona infection, as the monsoon lashed parts of India, seasonal floods that play havoc in parts of Bihar state further tested the resolve of Arvind Singh. Not perturbed by his safety and health, he, along with his fellow citizens, actively got engaged in flood relief and rehabilitation. He had quickly set up many tents & community kitchen to supply food to the needy. He also arranged for boats to provide them safe shelter from the flood affected areas. Since last one month, he himself is touring different flood-affected areas and passes on the grouse to public servants for required assistance and requests them to direct relief operations in the most affected areas.

Born in a small village Bajitpur in Siwan district of Bihar in 1974, today, Arvind Kumar Singh is endeared by people for his devotion and hard work. Raised in a humble household, his father was a farmer and head of the village for 24 years. It was his father’s dedication and love towards his people that made a great impression on his young mind. Facing all odds since childhood, he finished his schooling in the village, but financial difficulties deprived him of pursuing higher education. Supporting his family by driving a tractor and helping his father in fields did not deter him from working for the well-being of the community. In his limited capacity, he was always inclined to help the needy. However, family responsibilities later forced him to migrate to Gujarat in search of work in 1996.

In Gujarat, his efficiency, diligence and honesty towards work did not go unnoticed. His humble behaviour and habit of helping everyone with dedication and readiness made him popular among the workers. With time, he got engaged in a range of activities for the upliftment of workers. He coordinated many programs related to sanitation, education and health camps in labour settlements. It was his untiring efforts along with local authorities, Chatt ghat was constructed during Mahaparva Chhath Puja on the banks of river Tapti and also helped in building up a grand Chath ghat at Sabarmati river front at Ahmedabad.

Arvind Kumar Singh later started contributing immensely to the public welfare programs in his district in Bihar. He actively participated and even spearheaded a range of general welfare activities such as organizing health check-up camps, tree plantation drives, sanitation work, facilitating education programs amongst others. He also understands the importance of environment conservation and has dedicated his efforts to create consciousness among the masses.