By Arré Bench Aug. 28, 2020
Ganga Ram oversees busy junctions in New Delhi’s Seelampur for over 10 hours a day, motivated not by rewards or salary, but by a strong sense of duty. Before being officially appointed, he carried out the task for no salary. The death of his son in a traffic accident strengthened his resolve to make the city’s roads safe.
For over three decades, a man named Ganga Ram has been manning a junction in New Delhi’s Seelampur as a traffic sentinel. Ganga Ram was officially appointed as a traffic sentinel by Delhi Traffic Police only in 2018, but he has been performing his service for many years before that. Even throughout the coronavirus pandemic, the septuagenarian has displayed incredible dedication to his duty and continued to do his job.
32 years of noble job without any salary. RESPECT.https://t.co/IpY99I3Z31
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Before being officially appointed as a traffic sentinel by Delhi Traffic Police, Ganga Ram carried out the task for no salary. The death of his son in a traffic accident five years prior only strengthened his resolve to see the city’s roads made safe. In a report from 2018, on the day he was officially appointed, Ganga Ram shared his routine, which involves reaching the junction at Seelampur at 9 am and remaining on duty until 10 pm. “I have been managing the movement of traffic for the past 30 years. But after my son’s death, I come here and man traffic for at least eight to 10 hours a day,” he said.
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In addition to performing the daily duties of a traffic sentinel, Ganga Ram also runs an electronics repair shop. However, directing the flow of traffic around Seelampur takes up most of his time. In recognition of his service, Delhi Police has bestowed several awards and medals upon Ganga Ram, and have also provided him with a mobile phone.
32 Years of Noble Job Without Any Salary #Gangaram has been handling traffic at #Seelampur areas for the last 32 years. Earlier he used to have a TV repair shop in Seelampur, he also used to repair electrical appliances. His son worked with him and helped in his shop. pic.twitter.com/mThjUtLhEG
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Working for the betterment of his neighbourhood and safety of his fellow citizens takes up most of the senior citizen’s time, but for Ganga Ram, the results are worth the sacrifice.