75 years Old Ganga Ram Of New Delhi Voluntarily Handles The Traffic Without Pay; Lays Inspiration

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Every morning a 75 years old man is seen at Delhi’s Seelampur Chowk managing traffic free of cost for decades. When asked, he says that he doesn’t want any person to suffer from the loss of a dear one because of the poor traffic.

Service to the society is the service to mankind, an action which is done without any expectation of reward. Very few people these days live for others and selflessly devote their actions to social construction.

One such person resides in the national capital city where most people are engaged in their lives unaware of what is happening around them. We can always spot him, a 75 years old, managing the traffic of Seelampur Chowk, Delhi for the past 32 years without any pay. Dressed in a shabby uniform of a Traffic Police with a stick in his hand, he is often confused as a goon. There is no holiday for him because he doesn’t take any. He diligently works twelve hours a day tirelessly. He is Ganga Ram who despite his age has not let go of his passion to serve the society. 

The passersby know him as a humble man who from 8 am in the morning directs the traffic till 8 pm in the evening.  His everyday disciplined routine to make a smooth way for the vehicles has brought him immense appreciation. But the story behind his smiling face is different and will have you think that people like him who live for a cause, silently in resolution, do exist.

Story of Ganga Ram and how it all started. 

Ganga Ram hails from Ekta Vihar in Sahibabad and initially owned a Television repair shop where his son, Mukesh worked with him. An ill-fated road accident took away his 40 years old son’s life six years ago. Someone who was not just Ganga Ram’s only support but the father-son duo also had many future plans together to expand the shop. After losing his only son, he made up his mind to not let this happen with any other person in front of his eyes.

He decided that whatever little he could do for the improvement of the traffic on the road, he will.
Traffic and road issues always pained him and according to a report of India Times, Ganga Ram always wanted to be a Traffic Police, even when his son was alive. On his shop 32 years back, one of the visitors was a Police officer who used to come for getting his wireless transmissions fixed. Ganga Ram made friends with him along with few others and filled a Traffic Warden form back then. After his son’s death, his intention of becoming a traffic police officer got even more fierce. 

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Life wasn’t less harsh for him that his beloved wife Mamta Devi too died of the trauma of losing their son. Even after losing two members of his family, Ganga Ram’s enthusiasm didn’t shatter. He got his widow daughter-in-law a job in a private hospital and with his hard work got both his granddaughters married. He has an 18 years old grandson who is studying. His determination to do an extraordinary selfless job brought him great deeds of respect. 


This 75 years old man’s dedication was best seen when the pandemic broke out and when most of us comfortably continued our work online from home, this man worked every day without fail at the Seelampur red light instead of staying inside his house. Many times, he was warned to stop his work since the fear of transmission was the most amongst the senior-citizens but he continued to serve.

His years of hard work finally paid off one day and in the year 2018, he was officially appointed as a Traffic Sentinel by The Delhi Traffic Police.
According to the report ARRE, he additionally runs an electronic repair shop for his financial sustenance but the work of a traffic police and its responsibilities takes most of his day. Honouring his altruistic attitude, the Government and the Delhi police have bestowed him with several awards and a mobile phone for convenience. He still refuses to accept gifts and says that whatever little wealth he has, he is content with that and will continue this work of social cause until his death. 

Ganga Ram’s story is not just an inspiration but also raises a sense of awakening for us that how ignorant and disinterested we all have become towards society and we here at EFG salute such great souls.

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With the extension of the lockdown the crisis of migrant labourers and daily wagers has just grown bigger due to uncertainty and fear of future. In the migrant colonies, slums and for people in the villages hunger and desperation is building up day by day. This is high time we step up our efforts to support our people who are in dire need of food and hygiene essentials to survive the pandemic, Covid-19.

After the India-wide lockdown, a lot of jobless migrant workers are stuck in cities with hardly any resources while many started retreating back to their villages. With the loss of livelihoods, a large number of them are now struggling to support their families.

Goonj activated its pan India teams and a pan India network of partner organizations and volunteers in urban and rural India. This network, built over the last two decades, helps them learn from the ground, reach material quickly and review and adapt strategy periodically. Intensifying this network has helped Goonj reach and start work across 17produced states/UT in the last three weeks.

Goonj’s focus: 

Majority of the Covid-19 relief work by non profits right now is in the metros and cities but Goonj is the only non profit that is also simultaneously focusing on the people in the villages and the ones stuck on highways or somewhere.

Goonj is targeting daily wagers, migrants and other vulnerable groups, who even traditionally are left out like the disabled, sex workers, LGBTQ community.

“COVID-19 is a crisis, yes…But, it’s also an opportunity for us to build the society anew. Not ‘for’ the people…but, ‘with’ the people. And in the process, we will build ourselves too.” – Anshu Gupta, Founder-Director, Goonj.

Direct Monetary and Material Transfer

Wherever Goonj got the permission to open their centres for packing and disbursement of relief material kits, they are creating a kit consisting of 20-30 kgs material including dry rations, masks, sanitary pads and other hygiene material and reaching them to people, as per needs and as per regulations with all safety precautions. This kit will help a family survive for 30 days.

Information till 10th April 2020:

  • Distributed 15,100 ration kits reaching thousands of people
  • Reached 17,700 families
  • Supporting 12 community kitchen across India with 16,600kgs of ration
  • 77,800 food packets provided to migrant laborers and daily wagers walking on the roads across the country.
  • Provided direct financial support to 32 organisations
  • Made 42,800 cloth face masks
  • 24,900 cloth sanitary napkins produced
  • Produced 1500 litres of organic sanitiser

In Goonj’s processing centers its trained team of women are making cloth face masks and cloth sanitary pads (MY-Pads), keeping all the precautions and with the permission and cooperation of the local authorities.

In this lock-down phase if you are facing any difficulty getting sanitary pads or you are running out of stock, here’s a detailed but very simple process of making Cloth Pads at home created by Goonj. “This is how we make Goonj MY Pads.” This is how our mothers and grandmothers turned their spare cloth into pads.

This disaster, unlike any other, is unprecedented in its scale and impact and that’s why we all must do our bit with Goonj to continue its relief work for millions of people in this still unfolding long-tailed disaster.

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