In general, people would like to volunteer themselves in different
ways – teach, coach, sponsor, or doing physical activity. Only very
few will really take it up as a passion and get down to doing social
service. This pandemic has brought out the best in two of our own from
Hosur. Venkat, from our CSR Team, Hosur and V R Balu, HR, H2 are the
ones whom we are talking about today.
Venkat, has always liked to wear a police officers’ uniform right
from the time he was a child. But destiny had another plan and he went
on to work in the manufacturing line. In 2008, when an opportunity
came from the Hosur Industries association for candidates to register
themselves under the Tamil Nadu Police Traffic Warden Scheme, Venkat
jumped at it immediately. And the rest as they say, is history.
When the pandemic broke out, the police wardens were called up for
duty. In these times when many are hesitant to even step out of their
homes, it is people like Venkat and his tribe who come to the rescue
of many others- stranded for various reasons and looking out for
someone to help them. Venkat is working closely with the local
administration in various initiatives for the development of Hosur.
All the services he offers are gratis.
One of our executives, Sundaram, from the VVC Bus Team was a worried
man. His son was in a hostel in a residential school in Bangalore. A
week had passed since the lockdown and there was no signs of his son
coming back. The school authorities were hoping that the lockdown
would end soon and since the boy was in class 12, the exams would be
restarted. However, with every passing day the situation only got
worse. Finally, with no other hope, he reached out to the ERT. The ERT
immediately sent out a message to the Hosur team and Venkat took on
the responsibility. Being a traffic warden, he was able to travel into
Bangalore and to the school where the boy was. When he reached the
school, he found that he was the lone hostelite there. Venkat brought
him to the MDC at Hosur where he stayed the night. A travel pass was
arranged for Sundaram to pick up his son from Hosur. With the
interstate borders sealed, Venkat emerged like a savior for Sundaram.
The boy was finally home on the 13th of April, thanks to Venkat.
Serving now as Deputy Chief Traffic Warden, Venkat also conducts
classes for students on Road Safety, directing the team of 100+
wardens – volunteers of many industries, on their routine duties.
He has organised more than 2 lakhs worth of materials, which was
distributed to the interior villages of our Road To School program
execution villages benefiting about approximately 750 families,
provided the necessary KITS to the team of doctors – 1000 nos of N95
Masks, 15 sets of PPEs, 200 nos of triple layer masks – all which was
done with the help of local organizations and service organisations
like JCI Hosur and Rotary Club.
He ensured that 21 HIV infected patients of interior villages
received their ART Tablets, which was provided by ART Centre, GH,
Krishnagiri. In this critical situation, these patients could not come
to Hosur / Krishnagiri to get the free tablets from the GH. He
assisted them through the Arogya Staff team.
Balu, who is motivated by Venkat, joined hands with him in the Junior
Chamber International (JCI) as well as Traffic Warden duty. Balu has
become a soft skill trainer and is conducting sessions for the ITI
students and college students. As a traffic warden, leading the front
row of Republic Parade at the District Level is his specialty. With
his NCC experience and sound voice, he leads all the Republic Day
parades. Balu spends at least 3 hours at Hosur for implementation of Curfew.
He has been organising refreshments, like butter milk to the various
government department staff, who are on the field, providing
groceries, vegetables, food to the needy at various locations.
These are the men who wear more than one uniform, and go out in the
service of Humanity and we are proud of them in both.
Aapki Jeet. Hamari Jeet.