IAS Officer Who Gave Orphaned, Destitute Respect & Care They Needed
Has it ever happened to you that you went out of your way to do something that you thought was the right thing to do? Believe it or not but this defines your personality . Your true character is determined by doing the right thing in spite of knowing nobody is going to know whether you did it or not and at the same not expecting anything in return.
It is easy to help someone who is financially sound, but helping the vulnerable and destitute people requires a unique kind of integrity. IAS officer from Faizabad district shows what's truly required to be a person of great moral character.
District Magistrate, Dr. Anil Kumar Pathak have be known for his various charitable acts. From performing last rites of people who have been abandoned by relatives and family to providing financial and emotional support to the bereaved.
In 2016, Mahendra Kumar- a farmer from the Rampur Maya village in Uttar Pradesh- drowned in a lake leaving behind three children and his wife, Gayatri Devi. In order to get financial support she filed an insurance claim but unfortunately lost her life in a road accident, before she could receive the money. The three minor children were left orphaned, without any financial support.
But thankfully Dr. Pathak came to the children's rescue. He stepped in as the guardian of the children to ensure that the insurance money reaches them. He even directed his assistant to open a bank account for the children and oversee the proceedings, so that the insurance money could safely get transferred there.
But this was just a start, in January 2018, he went ahead and adopted a 100 year old widow named Ramapati, “I have adopted her, and I am taking care of her as my mother. I have ordered a house under Pradhan Mantri Aawas Yojna in her village, old age pension, BPL ration card and a doctor from nearest community health center visits her daily for her regular health checkups,” the IAS officer told the New Indian Express.
Dr. Pathak recently performed the last rites of an old lady, who was left to die on the streets. A month and a half ago, when he was returning from Rudauli area in his jurisdiction, he found a 70-year-old woman lying injured on the side of the National Highway near Godwa village. Like any good samaritan, he immediately took the injured woman to the hospital. After a series of tests it was confirmed that the woman had been beaten up. She had suffered a number of fractures including a jaw fracture. When asked about her kin or relatives, the woman didn't reveal anything.
“I don’t know in what circumstances she was lying wounded on the roadside. Even in one month of her treatment, no one turned up to claim her, nor a report of missing of any old woman was filed in any police station in the district,” the DM said to NIE.
He left no stone unturned to help the woman recover, she was even transferred to the King George's Medical University in Lucknow for better care.But sadly, after showing some initial signs of recovery, the lady succumbed to her injuries. Dr. Pathak took it upon himself and performed the lady’s last rites. In spite of not being related to deceased he performed all the rituals at Guptar Ghat along Saryu river as per the Vedic traditions, reported NIE.
The DM reportedly said to NIE, "I consider it my duty. She was not in her senses and was abandoned. She had no one to perform her last rites. It gives me immense satisfaction that I could become a medium to facilitate her a peaceful last journey and perform her rites.” Good deeds never go unnoticed, praises have been coming from all sections but this hasn't affected him a bit, he still continues to help and live up to “humane upbringing” which he received from his parents.
So let's just get out there help someone who needs it the most, without expecting anything in return and without letting the world know. Hats off to Dr. Pathak for being such an inspiration.
Picture Source : Patrika; India Times
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