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‘His dream was to ensure best education for our kids’

Written by Ashna Butani
| New Delhi |

Printed: July 26, 2020 3:57:34 am

Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal with the household of Arun Kumar Singh on Saturday. (PTI)

After Arun Kumar Singh, a 48-year-old civil defence volunteer, died of Covid on July 13, his household was fearful about crippling debt due to hospital payments, and the way forward for his two youngsters — a son in Class IX and a daughter who simply cleared Class XII.

On Saturday night, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal visited the household to pay homage to Singh, and likewise handed over two cheques — one to his spouse and one other to his father. The full quantity was Rs 1 crore.

“He did and noticed many issues in life, however his solely unaccomplished dream was to coach his youngsters. The day our daughter’s board outcomes got here out, he handed away… we couldn’t even inform him that she handed with flying colors,” his spouse Indu mentioned.

For the previous couple of months, Singh had been toiling for hours on a regular basis, handing over packets of meals alongside serpentine queues. On April 20, he labored via the day, however stayed on via the night and single-handedly managed meals at brief discover for over 1,000 labourers stranded at Sector 25, Dwarka, the venture website of a building firm.

His daughter Anjali (18) mentioned, “He needed me to enter civil companies. And I wish to make that dream a actuality. My plan is to review B.Sc Agriculture from Delhi College after which put together for civil companies.”

Indu mentioned that from the compensation obtained, she desires to make sure her youngsters are effectively educated, similar to their father hoped. Their son desires to observe in his father’s footsteps and work in civil defence.

Outdoors Singh’s residence in Rajapuri, Kejriwal mentioned, “Civil defence volunteers work day in and day trip to assist others. Arun was one in every of them. Sadly, he contracted coronavirus whereas doing his job. I’ve spoken to the household and warranted them that we are going to assist them in any manner doable. I advised them to not compromise on the schooling of his youngsters.”

After the CM left, the household recalled how Arun put others first. His eldest brother, Sudarshan Singh (60), mentioned, “He helped anybody he may… For months, he fed 1000’s.”

His spouse mentioned: “When he began displaying Covid signs, he didn’t come near anybody. He was coughing however he nonetheless took the bike alone and went to the dispensary to get a check achieved. Then he acquired admitted to the closest hospital himself when the check got here again on July 5; he didn’t wish to infect anybody else.”

“After we noticed him on a video name days earlier than his demise, he requested about us and barely spoke about himself. He was at all times there for folks, however when he wanted us, none of us may very well be bodily there for him.”

The energetic civil defence volunteers connected with the Delhi authorities, numbering round 13,000, take house round Rs 18,000 a month. “He was amongst our most useful staffers. He put in extraordinary efforts. Singh excelled at any and each activity we entrusted him with. Be it distribution of meals on the starvation factors or work inside containment zones, he gave his 100 per cent,” Sub-Divisional Justice of the Peace (Dwarka) Chander Shekhar had earlier mentioned.

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