Kurukshetra July 7:
A local gurdwara has been providing food and shelter to thousands of unemployed youths thronging the city in the hope of being recruited by the Haryana Staff Selection Commission.
With the authorities making no arrangements for their stay, it is Gurdwara Singh Sabha in Sector 3, located a stone’s throw away from the recruitment site, that has come to their help. The gurdwara has been serving langar to more than 5,000 job seekers ever since the mass recruitment drive was launched in mid-June.
The management committee says 2,500 job aspirants have been accommodated in the shrine’s basement and the parikarma. Anuj Singh from Sikar in Rajasthan, who reached here on Monday with his friend Rajesh, said: “We reached the city two days before the rigorous physical fitness test. We were looking for a lodge when a policeman guided us to the gurdwara. We were pleasantly surprised to see hundreds lodged there.”
For Dinesh Yadav from Pratapgarh in Uttar Pradesh, who had no money to book a hotel, his stay at the gurdwara was more than a pleasant one. “I was touched by their humility,” he said.
President of the gurdwara committee Bir Bahadur Singh said while they had enough space, those sleeping at the adjoining park too were being provided sheets and pillows. He said seven sewadars were working round the clock to provide meals to the lodgers.
Local residents have now persuaded the management of the adjoining Shiv Temple to do likewise. Priest Ramesh Parashar said they had opened the temple hall to 300 persons.
A volunteer at the gurdwara said devotees were urged to contribute generously and the response was overwhelming. “But it is unfortunate that the MP, MLA and councillors have been indifferent to the gurdwara’s efforts as well as to the plight of job aspirants,” he added.