SAYS AWARD WOULD FURTHER MOTIVATE HIM TO LAUNCH MORE ANGANWADI LIKE PROJECTS
URGES YOUNGSTERS TO JOIN THE ORGANISTION TO UPLIFT LESS PRIVILEDGED AND NEEDY
SAS NAGAR (MOHALI), JANUARY 27(Prashant): In recognition of his exemplary social service for years, Rotarian Harjeet Singh was on Sunday felicitated by the Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh here on the special occasion of 71st Republic Day.
Eminent social worker of the region, the 49-year-old Harjeet was part of panel of four specially selected contributors chosen for the prestigious honour at the grand occasion in the category.
Besides an array of impactful social service projects, Harjeet Singh was specially shorlisted for success of hugely impactful ‘Anganwadi Project’ under which goods worth Rs 2 Lac were handed over to kids of 11 Anganwadi centres of Mohali.
While handing over the prestigious Award, the Chief Minister lauded Harjeet Singh’s spirit, enthusiasm and leadership skills in commanding the organisation’s Mohali Chapter with great success particularly in areas of women’s welfare, their health and skill development.
The veteran Rotarian – a Chartered Accountant by profession – Harjeet is heading the Rotary Club Mohali at present with sharp focus on a multitude of activities that contribute to the welfare of the entire community.
Expressing his gratitude towards the Chief Minister, Harjeet Singh dedicated the award to his entire team adding that this recognition would further encourage him to involve more like-minded people in the noble cause of community service in projects like the Anganwadi. He also urged the youth to come forward and take up the cause of social service by joining the esteemed organisation which offers wide ranging experiences and deep sense of satisfaction by way of community service.
Singh had started his journey with Rotary from Kurukshetra. Getting nostalgic about his early days, he says I was earlier a member of the Rotary Club in Kurukshetra, and was introduced to the Rotary Club in Mohali in 2012 and served as the Club Secretary for the year 2016-17.
Chosen as the Rotary Club, Mohali President earlier this year, Singh has several commendable projects under his belt, which include donating a commercial refrigerator to cater to the needs of around 120 students staying at a shelter home, providing for the tuition fees of economically backward school students, installing pairs of colour-coded dustbins in schools, conducting tree plantation drives, installing fans and tube lights in several schools, to name a few.
Notably, earlier this month Harjeet Singh had also launched from Mohali major project ‘MAMTA’ aimed at improving the health of underprivileged women and their infants. The initiative launched to commemorate 100 years of Rotary in the country on January 5 had garnered all round praise and appreciation as yet another milestone in long list of achievements in social sector.
Under the project, a total of hundred women from rural areas were provided with a package of healthy food for the first six months of their motherhood. Disclosing further, Singh said with a view to make sure that the plan reaches out to those in need, the focus was on women from below the poverty line, and have recently given birth to a girl child at any government hospital.
In other major initiatives, the Rotary Club Mohali handed sanitary pad vending machines to around 13 government schools. “These are equipped with an incinerator and a smoke-purifier to ensure that the project is eco-friendly. Girls don’t have to pay a single penny for the facility, as we are also providing 200 free pads to them for the next three years. And there are 12 more schools that we plan to donate these machines to,” adds Singh.
In future, the Club is also planning to adopt 25 school dropouts, who would be receiving GDA training by the Mahindra Institute of Skill Development, with all the expenses