Balasore, Sept 1 (LocalWire): 72-year-old Amar Singh Walia and his team have been rendering philanthropic service to the poor, underprivileged and the needy for the last two and half years.
S Azimabad resident, Walia, was a legal practitioner and the first president of district consumer redressal forum.
He began his Seva Hi Seva mission by distributing milk and biscuits in the institutions that catered to the physically challenged on Sundays.
While the practice is still going on, he has also undertaken the supply of free food to the attendants of patients at the district headquarter hospital during lunch hour every Sunday. Today is the 124th week they have been supplying food.
They chose Sunday to deliver food as the government free food supply by Aahar centre closed.
‘On Sunday the Aahar centre is closed in DHH so we decided to provide lunch consisting of roti (flattened bread), aloo sabji (potato curry), achaar (pickle) and at times Khichdi (kedgeree). On some special occasions sweets is also provided. Sometimes residents also pitch in and provide rotis. We arrange lunch for at least 450-500 people every Sunday. It has been running smoothly ever since it was begun,’ said Walia.
‘I had tremendous faith in people and God. I strongly believed that everyone has a capacity to help others and they can contribute if motivated. You would be happy to know that whoever I approached for help, be it an individual or an organization, no one turned down my request. I never returned empty handed. I got physical, moral as well as financial support from the society at large. We created two Tulsi gardens in the DHH campus, where garbage used to be dumped and maintained them nicely,’ he explained.
The selfless service of Walia and his team is earning accolades too.
‘Walia is a true inspiration for others. We need to learn from him that a small help can yield a big impact,’ remarked Krushn Kumar Mohanty, a writer, poet and critic.
‘I wish to supply breakfast daily at DHH with the support of my 31-member team if I get an accommodation in the DHH campus. I have approached the district Collector for a building which is lying vacant in the campus,’ Walia said.
‘Seva He Seva, also bought a hearse to carry the dead bodies of the ones who cannot afford one free of cost within 15 km radius of the town,’ he added.
Karamjit Walia, his wife is the key motivator in his life dedicated to others.