A 98-year-old Raebareli’s man setting an example of being Atmanirbhar at his age. An inspirational video of Vijay Pal Singh is doing rounds on the internet. Singh sells ‘chana’ (boiled chickpeas) on the street to earn his livelihood so that he will not become a financial burden to his children.
98yr old Vijay Pal Singh from UP was honoured with a cheque of ₹11000 by the district administration for being self-reliant & independent at his age. Asked why he troubled himself with a job at this age, he said he is doing this not for money but to keep fit. Never say die! pic.twitter.com/CwFTNGCCCU
— Priti Gandhi – प्रीति गांधी (@MrsGandhi) March 5, 2021
UP’s 98-year-old man inspires netizens
In the viral video, Singh is seen preparing a ‘chana chaat’ on a table-like platform. He seems happy and enjoying his job. In the video, the old man on being asked why is he working at this age, said “I have a huge family. But, if I will not work then my body will get stiffen. If I keep working, I stay fit for the entire 12 months.”
After the video goes viral on the internet, Vijay Pal Singh has been honoured by the Uttar Pradesh government for his self-reliance at such an age. Singh belongs to Uttar Pradesh’s Raebareli, 79 km from the state capital Lucknow. For being independent and working at his age, District Magistrate Vaibhav Shrivastava facilitated the old man. He was given a ration card, Rs 11,000 cash, stick, shawl. Also, Shrivastava promised that a fully functional toiled will be constructed for the old man.
विकास खण्ड हरचंदपुर,ग्राम पंचायत कण्डौरा निवासी 98 वर्षीय बुजुर्ग विजयपाल सिंह जी के सोशल मीडिया पर वायरल वीडियों को संज्ञान में लेकर आज कार्यालय में आमंत्रित कर शाल, छड़ी व 11 हजार रूपये नगद देकर सम्मानित किया व शौचालय का स्वीकृति पत्र प्रदान किया गया ।@CMOfficeUP @ShishirGoUP pic.twitter.com/Z1KAJdfTQx
— Vaibhav Shrivastava (@VaibhavIAS) March 4, 2021
While speaking to the media, DM Shrivastava said that the video of the inspiring man had gone viral and UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath himself had taken note of it. Shrivastava informed that the administration has decided to give him funds for the construction of the toilet. In his statement, he said that “Whatever baba needs, the administration will cooperate.” He also appreciated the social media users for bringing this video to the light. He also briefed the media that the old man is not working out of compulsion, he wanted to stay self-reliant.