Sardar Shamsher Singh, fondly called Veerji, is the founder of “Universal Disabled Care-Taker Social Welfare Society” also known as Prabh Aasra. Veerji learnt his first lesson towards humanity when one of his friends died early in childhood. Witnessing death so closely he started to find his reasons of living. Being born and brought up in a Sikh family, his guiding force became the virtues taught by Siri Guru Granth Sahib Ji and the practical examples of the Guru’s lives.
Whenever Veerji would come across someone deprived of care, shelter, food or treatment, he would hear his conscious call “your fellow being is dying! Help him, as though you would help your own family member”.
Moved by the pitiable condition of destitute, he along with his wife Bibi Rajinder Kaur started a home for helpless in a two rooms rented accommodation in Chandigarh. Slowly and gradually that first step has today grown into an institution with three campuses. Help and assistance was given to create campus in Ganganagar (Rajasthan), which is today managed by a group of local social workers whom Veerji trained for the cause.
In recognition to his service to humanity, Punjab State Legal Authority decided to train him as a Para legal Volunteer in November 2011.A legal aid clinic is also setup by the State Legal Service Authorities of Punjab at Prabh Aasra which was inaugurated by Hon’ble Judge of High Court, where lower income citizens get free advice from Veerji to fight for their rights. He has also been selected as Member State Advisory Board and Member Vigilance & Monitoring Committee & Member Local Level Committee of National Trust.
Shamsher Singh urges that many more such institutions are required for the betterment of our society. He firmly believes that religious bodies can make a huge difference for this cause and they must come forward.
Veerji’s unwavering commitment to serve the deprived orphans, helpless, mentally and physically challenged and the abandoned citizens is commendable. This has helped nearly 1153 by reuniting them to their families after revival of their mental status out 1818 admitted to Prabh Aasra under Mission Milaap, 440 are still under care and treatment till July 2019.
Apart from special attention to the hygiene, nutrition and health of the inmates Veerji gives a lot of importance to the emotional needs of the inmates and gives them a family environment. Proper schooling is arranged for children living in Prabh Aasra in regular schools. Special educators give education/training to especially abled children to make them self dependent.
Veerji ensures proper medical care of inmates for which allopathic, Ayurvedic, and homeopathic doctors regularly visit the center. Expert Government doctors are also invited on regular bases. In addition alternative medical treatment through naturopathy, reiki and acupressure is also provided to the patients. An emergency ward & pathology lab has been set up in Padiala Branch. The lab tests are conducted at subsidies rates to help residents of surrounding areas. Free medical consultation is also given. A Sewa Centre has been setup at branch Jhanjheri where the doctors give free consultation on every Saturday & Laboratory tests are conducted at subsidized rate.
He also fulfils his humanitarian duties by conducting medical camps to provide free medical aid in nearby villages. Shamsher Singh also provides a 24/7-ambulance service and Body Preserver for the benefit of nearby villagers and highway accident victims.
To fight female foeticide Veerji has put up a cradle at Prabh Aasra where unwanted infants are left anonymously. He along with his wife Rajinder Kaur, Member personally take the responsibility for the care of “cradle kids” till legal procedures are completed.
Prabh Aasra setup workshops where inhabitants are given vocational trainings like Candle making, Stitching, Embroidery, Crochet, Knitting and Waste reuse etc.
Veerji is champion of tree plantations and encourages everyone to plant trees, and nurture them like children. He also works to create awareness regarding drug addiction
Once Veerji arrived at a Majri village in the Shivalik foot hills where villagers mentioned the problem of scarcity of water. A dam was constructed in this village in 1994 which had become non-functional in 2001 due to sedimentation of silt. Veerji tried getting help from the government but soon realized that help would not come easily. He enlisted volunteer support of Sikh Missionary College Chanaloan, College students, improved inmates of Prabh Aasra and other social workers and cleared the silt from the dam in 15 days.
Sardar Shamsher Singh lives up to the title “Veerji” given to him by his loved ones. The list of his qualities and works is endless.
May God bless him with good health and a long life, so that many can learn the lesson of Humanity From this LIVING LEGEND.